On the occasion of the 14th day of Ligue 1, Lyon receives this Friday the rival of Saint-Etienne almost a year after celebrating the controversy of Fekir towards Geoffroy-Guichard.
This Friday, Lyon, 4th with 24 points, greets his historic enemy Saint-Étienne, 5th place with 23 points in the derby. Both teams are invincible since 9e day and defeat in Lille for Saint-Etienne (3-1), and in Paris for the OL (5-0). This derby will be all the more interesting so that the winner can steal the place of another and thereby come closer to the podium. The desire to triumph over the opponent adds a share in the ranking. A fact that was not relevant last year. Lyon did not lose against their neighbors last season, Stefanois survived a year of contrast, while OL. was still in the race for the podium, torn at the very end of the season. This derby will also be a way to celebrate a birthday. Almost a year ago Lyonnais humiliated the Greens on their lawn (0-5), thanks in part to the goal of Fekir, whose celebration was controversial.
Chaos Jeffroy Guichard, almost a year later
This is November 5, 2017 in Geoffroy Guichard, and this is 85e minute high-derby derby between Saint-Étienne and Lyon. The score was 4-0, after Nabil Fekir scored a goal. In the depths of Mariano Diaz, the captain of Lyon collides with Ruffer and fits him perfectly. 5-0. “Instinct,” according to him, Fekir takes off his jersey and proudly presents it in front of Jeffrow-Guichard's South Gallery.
Following this goal, supporters of Etienne, feeling insulted, invaded the ground, leaving room for the chaotic scene. This required a police intervention (CRS) within a few minutes. After half an hour of confusion, the match was able to resume in an almost empty stadium and the unworthy atmosphere of a football stadium. This celebration has earned the French international convocation of the LFP Disciplinary Committee. He stated that he did not regret his action "but its consequences." Finally he relaxed.
If he was not sentenced, Nabil Fekir’s gesture will remain engraved in the derby history, and Ligue 1 is engraved in memory of the respective supporters for various reasons. But also in the memory of viewers and readers, who for several weeks were able to observe the debates that this holiday should raise. “Irresponsible” and “provocative” for some, “football as we love” for others. The fact is that today the image is taken again. The first 8 seconds of the trailer Canal + – the channel on which the derby will be broadcast – are dedicated to the celebration and its surroundings, which proves that this image will remain forever in the history of the derby.