LA MINUTE SPORT Sports news for next Thursday March 10th

As every day from Monday to Friday, discover the essence of Gard sports news in a few pieces of information.

Olympic Nmes

€2,000 fine for the incidents against Dunkirk. This lost game of Dunkirk (0-1), on February 5, had consequences for Nîmes Olympique. First, the South Stand was banned from a game over racist comments allegedly made against defender Samuel Yohou. In the north gallery, about thirty members of the Gladiators ultra-group had insulted Rani Assaf and used four smoke bombs. Following these incidents, the LFP prepared a detailed report and decided to fine the club €2,000. the competition that “encourages the Nîmes club to take any form of action that can put an end to such chanting in its stadium, especially among its supporters” has also taken into account the measures taken by the NO leadership, which may explain the leniency in this sentence. President Rani Assaf first filed a complaint against the Gladiators Association. The latter wanted to obtain the dissolution of the group formed in 1991, but the facts found against Dunkirk do not legally allow such a sanction to be obtained. LARPs don’t go away. On the other hand, the club also filed by name against some twenty supporters who could be sanctioned for the use of soundtracks and videos from the stadium. Several dozen members have also received an email from the club stating that there is a commercial stadium ban until June 30, 2022. With the Eastern weigh-in closed, we won’t be seeing the ultras from Nîmes this season. A harrowing situation in the season of their thirtieth birthday that they will certainly celebrate outside.

Crocos’ reserve team plays a friendly against Alès (Photo Yannick Pons)

Alès, Nîmes and Beaucaire at work, Aigues-Mortes at rest. The National 3 Championship is taking a break this weekend. However, the Gard clubs will not remain inactive. For the OAC, leader of the group Occitanie, a friendly match is scheduled for Saturday at 10.30 am against the reserve team of Nîmes Olympique in La Bastide. Though friendly, this derby (closed to the public) will have no shortage of interest between the Cevennes first in the group but stopped at home by Narbonne last weekend and the Nîmes red lantern but clearly recovered in recent weeks. In order to maintain a regular physical rhythm, the Stade Beaucairois will set up an opposition between first-team players this Friday. The injured from SB30 are gradually returning to the workforce and two young players will complete the group so they can play 11v11. On the side of the USS Aigues-Mortes, this mini truce will be dedicated to recovery. With eight injured, the Saliniers group don’t have enough to set up an opposition and the enforced halftime should allow the players to pep up.


Bonzi in Indian Wells† After an enchanting hook up to the French team where Benjamin Bonzi won his first Davis Cup match last weekend, the Nîmes flew to the United States to compete in the Indian Wells 1000 Masters. On a hard surface tonight the 62nd of the world ranking in the competition. And to start this tough tournament, he faces his comrade with the Habs Arthur Rinderknech (57th) with whom he spent all week and who also celebrated his first cap in Blues. A first complicated duel for the Gardois who now has to endure some rounds in major tournaments to reach another milestone.

The skates

Nîmes ice rink (Photo Anthony Maurin)

The best regional skaters gathered in Nîmes† This weekend, the Club Olympique des Patineurs Nîmois organizes its first “Coupe des Costières de Nimes” on the ice rink of the city of Antonins. A regional figure skating competition in which about ten clubs from Occitanie will participate, represented by 120 participants, young people and adults at the regional, federal and national levels. The club of Nîmes will present 34 young skaters. The public from Nîmes and Gard is of course welcome.