The French government has announced that the sale and carrying of plastic bottles in French stadiums will be banned from July 2022.
The aim is to protect players and staff on the pitch during matches. Several players and staff like club management and referees have been injured when angry fans threw plastic containers onto the pitch.
In a joint statement the ministers of interior, justice and sport said that clubs will be able to put the measure in place with immediate effect if they so wish. It added that the French Football Federation has announced its desire to apply the rule for the national team’s next match.
CNN reports that the ministers agreed that when a player or referee is injured on the pitch by a projectile from the stands, as a rule, the match in question will be completely stopped.
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