Lens president Gervais Martel has rejected criticism of the Lens stadium by FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Responding to questions about the problems at last week’s Champions League encounter between Lille and Manchester United at the Felix-Bollaert stadium, Blatter said that he could not understand how the stadium could host Champions League games.
“I do not understand Sepp Blatter’s remarks which are inappropriate and out of context,” Martel told Reuters.
“The Bollaert stadium is approved for major competitions and there has never been any problem with UEFA,.
“The incidents during the 1998 World Cup happened not in the stadium but outside, in a street 800 metres away from Bollaert,” he added referring to an incident in which German hooligans attacked a French policeman.
UEFA’s control and disciplinary body will discuss problems in the crowd at last week’s match, where several United supporters were almost crushed.
Riot police sprayed tear gas as supporters, fearful of being crushed, tried to climb the fence to escape the overcrowding.
“The problems were caused by English supporters who had tickets that were not valid and some of whom were drunk,” added Martel.
“The English want to export their problems and hold us responsible for them,” he added.