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French parliament bans matches on May 5 in memory of stadium disaster

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Oct 14 (Reuters) – The French parliament handed a regulation banning skilled soccer matches from happening in France on May 5 in memory of the victims of the Furiani stadium disaster in Corsica in 1992.

On May 5, 1992, a stand at Bastia’s Furiani collapsed earlier than a French Cup semi-final towards Olympique de Marseille, killing 18 and injuring greater than 2,300.

The ban had beforehand met opposition from the French League and the French federation.

The regulation, which had been voted on by the National Assembly final yr, has been adopted after the Senate voted in favour on Thursday.

The regulation covers matches in Ligue 1, Ligue 2, French Cup and the Trophy of Champions.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis

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