“I feel dirty”… Ultras denounce “shameful” excavations in Lisbon

In memory of the ultras, they had never experienced that. During the trip to Lisbon this Tuesday to follow PSG in the Champions League against Benfica, the Parisian fans experienced what, based on the testimonies collected, seems like a real ordeal. Widespread beatings of the police as soon as the parade was launched towards the Luz stadium, the launch of projectiles by small gangs of Benfi supporters and, above all, excessively extensive searches by security agents before entering the stadium. Since then, many began to be outraged on social networks and shared their story under the hashtag “#BenficaRapedMe” (“Benfica raped me”). contacted by 20 minutessome of them have agreed to give us their testimony.

A member of the Collectif Ultra Paris, Céline is used to traveling in France and Europe and, like many, states that “she had never experienced this before”. If the warm welcomes of the opposing fans are part of ultra life, the one on Tuesday was particularly supported. “During the procession, supporters of Benfica were waiting for us, we brought beers to our faces, stones, etc. The Parisians reacted but in a rather sober way, it was more insults, middle fingers but no physical reaction. And then the police began to beat us at all costs, and it got worse when we arrived in front of the stadium, at the entrance of the parking lot. They looked at me, started hitting again, I witnessed it: the guy in front of me didn’t say anything and ate a totally free hit. »

The specter of the Stade de France hangs over Lisbon

Fearing a mob movement, CUP leaders reportedly tried to calm things down by asking their members not to react to provocations by the Portuguese police. “I am not scared by nature, I have been traveling for 25 years, but I began to think that it could go wrong, continues this ultra. We all have in mind what happened at the Stade de France or in Indonesia more recently and we know how quickly it can turn tragic. Fortunately, the leaders quickly stepped in to calm things down. Parisians did not overreact because otherwise it could have gone wrong. But honestly, cops, cowboys…” Another member of the Collectif Ultra Paris, Philippe also witnessed violent scenes.

When I got to the visitor’s area, I found myself facing the police and saw a friend of mine, who had just walked towards the gates, receive four big baton blows to the back of the head by an oncoming police officer. behind his back,” he breathes.

So much for the first sheet. The second will arrive soon, a few meters further on, at the height of the security doors, for the traditional palpation carried out by security agents. Céline recounts: “There it was, I put my hand under your bra, and I go, I iron, I lift the bra to check that nothing has been hidden. I go down to the level of the lower abdomen, the crotch, I go back up. The lady asked me to spread my legs once, then a little more and a little more. Then she put her hand behind my belt, she could clearly tell the color of my panties! When I left the search, I saw everyone’s looks, the boys were stunned, some told us that they had held their hands on their buttocks, felt their testicles. We were all shocked. I have known quite hard searches, in Barcelona or Belgium, but some like that… It was no longer a search, it was moving. »

Passed after her friend Céline and his wife, Edith, this Auteuil subscriber and CUP member has known worse if she dares say. Here is her story.

Palpation was normal at first, arms, upper back, below breasts but above sweater. Except that later, the lady put her hand under my bra, touched my breasts, and it lasted 10 to 15 seconds, it seemed endless. I say “that’s my bra there!”. She tells me ‘”it’s okay, it’s okay” and she continues. Then she runs her hands behind my back, around my waist, that’s fine, but then the same thing, she puts her hands down my pants like she’s playing with my panties. There I look at him and say “it’s my panties!”, She was so surprised that she couldn’t even say it in English! Then she continues the palpation at the level of her legs, she asks me to fire thoroughly and, without laughing, she goes up to my crotch and I feel her hand on my genitals. And after that she tells me “it’s okay, you can go”, as if nothing had happened… I’m angry, just talking to you about it, I’m not okay. »

“We were victims of sexual touching”

Also used to searches, Philippe advances towards the security guard, taking care to empty his pockets and spread his arms and legs. The rest will surprise you: “The guy walks up to me and directly puts his hands in my underwear and starts touching my genitals, my buttocks. He was freaked out. They also told us that a girl had had her vagina touched…” Instinctively, she could have reacted by drawing back or nervously, but, she says, “I immediately shut my mouth because if I had made the slightest gesture, as they were the helmets right next to it, I think at this point I wouldn’t have my face anymore, or at least big bruises. “They were waiting for us to react,” confirms Edith.

Three days after the events, Philippe feels “dirty”. “I took three more showers today to get the dirt off. We were victims of sexual touching, no more, no less. “At that point, I said to myself ‘but we were indeed gang raped by the butlers,'” says Edith. De leur coté, Philippe et Céline reported also le traitement réservé à un de leur ami diabetic que, après avoir donné la preuve formalle qu’il souffrait bien de diabetic, a vu l’un des stadiers lui confiscar sa barre chocolatée et la «balancer in the trash “.

For its part, if PSG has not yet reacted officially, it takes the case very seriously and is investigating to clarify what happened, awaiting possible comments and complaints to UEFA. In any case, the European body could investigate Benfica’s case since, according to some Portuguese and French colleagues, this is not the first time that rival fans have had to experience this behavior this season. On September 6, the Maccabi Haifa fans would have suffered more or less the same fate as the Parisians on Tuesday. And Edith to conclude: “UEFA must sanction Benfica so that this does not happen again in a stadium. We are human beings, we are not animals. We don’t have to experience that by coming to watch a football game.

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