He would never have thought that by wearing a football jersey from an opposing team he would be rejected from a tracking course organized by AS Monaco, the amateur department.
Still, that’s what happened to Kamil. At the age of 15, this young Niçois, a member of the Nice club FC Cimiez, was happy to participate with other children in this training organized by the amateur department of a large club.
And with dreams in his head that we have when we are in the heart of our teens, he no doubt already saw himself selected to attend the Monegasque gym and wear the red and white jersey.
But it was with another that he showed up on April 13 with his father in the stands at La Turbie Stadium to attend the unveiling.
“Kids dressed in fashionable football jerseys”
“My son wore the PSG jersey. At this discovery there were about sixty children, most of them dressed in a football jersey from a fashionable team. Real, FC Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern, Italian clubs, a few French clubs also … I really would never at any time have thought there would be a problem. I would have clearly wondered if he had gone to a stadium to watch a match. Never for discovery… “
“When Kamil showed up at the registration table with his PSG shirt, he was not told anything. The remark was given to him afterwards by an educator on the sidelines when he had started playing.”
Kamil’s father is in the stands at the moment. And it is his son who will report to him the words of the educator. “He told me that he grabbed her shoulder and said to her in a way that he found aggressive: “Are you trying to provoke us by bringing your PSG shirt? Here Nice or PSG it’s the same for us! ‘. My son was left stupid on the spot. And he was obviously very disappointed and he went into tears.
“I’m angry that someone who was supposed to be an educator could say such things to a 15-year-old. If the shirt was so problematic, they could have laughed at him and said, ‘“We’ll give you a better sweater to explore.” It would have been smarter I think! And why not just tell all the kids to get in a neutral shirt? They simply choose to fire him. I think it is violent and discriminatory. “
“He was invited to come back without this shirt”
The amateur department of AS Monaco Football Club, for its part, acknowledges the facts. And assumes the educator’s decision.
“At the age of 15, a child today is almost an adult who is supposed to be responsible, explains club president Michel Aubéry. And so, since his father was present, how could he then let his child come to AS Monaco to be discovered with a PSG shirt? Would he have been taken to Marseille with this jersey? The educator actually called him back to the edge of the field to ask him if he had another knit to wear, he had none. If the training had taken place at Moneghetti Stadium, we could have given him another jersey, but at La Turbie we have no stock. That’s why we asked him to leave the detection, and he was invited to come back without this shirt at a next meeting.
Very upset at the club, to which he apologizes, the young man’s father wanted to inform the president of the Côte d’Azur district and the vice-president of the Mediterranean Football League about this accident, Edouard Delamotte.
“It’s like coming to be recruited at Renault with the Peugeot suit …”
“I readily agree that postponing an assembly is painful to live with, recognizes Edouard Delamotte, whom we contacted. But wearing a jersey from PSG, an opposing club in the French Ligue 1 championship when presenting yourself for admission to AS Monaco is more than a clumsiness. I can understand the mistake of a 15-year-old, but the father should have had the presence of mind to tell him that it is awkward and not very polite. Yes, there were kids with Chelsea and Bayern jerseys, but that’s not the French championship. You need to be correct in life and teach your children to be that. I explained to the father that it was like coming to be recruited at Renault with the Peugeot suit …“
Words that are definitely not suitable for Kamil’s father: “If the educators give this picture to the children, it is normal that in the stadiums, on the streets, people are attacked wearing a jersey from another team. I admit that I am amazed. It is impermissible to stigmatize a child because of the jersey he wears, as well as the color of his skin or the mark on his shoes. “
Maos for Edouard Delamotte has strictly to do with sportsmanship: “Here we are not on a track, his child simply shows up to join a club. It seems to me so obvious and common sense not to show his preference for an opposing team.” Regulation? It’s up to the club to decide, but for me it’s basic. I would also like to remind you that AS Monaco and other professional clubs prohibit wearing a jersey opponent in the stands, except for those dedicated to visitors. “
On the website of AS Monaco Football Club’s website, regarding the open days, organized by the amateur section at La Turbie Stadium, it now says in red: “Please show up in neutral attire.”