Although Sète had won the second leg of the quarterfinal against Narbonne (3-1), the match ended in a totally incomprehensible situation. After the final whistle, a big scuffle broke out on the pitch.
When playing this third match of the quarterfinals of the French championship, Narbonne Volley had above all in mind to conclude this series to afford a semifinal. And while Sète had sent the two teams to a fourth match, successfully at home 3 sets to 1, at the end of the match the tension between Narbonnais and Sète was palpable.
The public also has its share of responsibility, when a ball is touched by a spectator in full action. But after the final whistle and as the Centurions regroup to remobilize, security guards enter the flat, without necessarily having the right to do so.
Verbal exchanges first with the Narbonne Volleyball group, then one of them punches Leandro Lardone in the face. The imposing Argentine falls to the ground instantly. And after a period of misunderstanding on the part of Rafael Araujo’s companions, a great scuffle broke out. Finally, the situation will calm down almost 30 minutes later…
Mandrou: “We are going to file a complaint at the police station”
Still not understanding what just happened, NV manager Michel Mandrou was lucid: “There’s this inadmissible thing that happens at the end. It’s not possible for a security guy to attack a staff member… It’s unbelievable. I don’t know what the League will decide with the reports from the current supervisor. For our part, we will file a complaint at the police station. We depend on what the LNV decides. »
Case to follow, therefore, regarding this Saturday’s game (7:30 p.m.). Because yes, there was also sport this Thursday night between Narbonne and Sète. Narbonne had also set foot in Sète on Wednesday. Two training sessions in this Barrou room, one night at the hotel. Fans had also made the trip to Hérault.
The entire Narbonne Volley office was present, as well as more than fifty fans, including fans and relatives of the players. But the match will finally have turned into a nightmare… A defeat and a more than stormy post-match.
Sète embarks on these quarterfinals in a fourth round
Narbonne Volley started the match on the right foot (0-3). But with a false rhythm, Sète scores again (7-7). The two teams then go head to head, but the locals retain a slight advantage (13-11). The Héraultais no longer released the marker. And on the second ball from Sète, Ryan Sclater concludes the round (25-21).
A crossover is established at the beginning of the second set (2-2). Narbona raises the bar of intensity on the service of Nicolás Uriarte (6-9). In a better dynamic, Narbonne Volley logically sticks to a set everywhere (17-25).
The third set starts like the previous one (4-4). And the crossing does not stop (20-20). Until the end, the two teams met back to back again (24-24). In a controversial decision, it is Sète who seizes this very tight round (26-24).
Never two without three for the start of this fourth round (4-4, then 11-11). And this time, Sète takes advantage of three points (18-15). Narbonne’s machine got bogged down and the locals took advantage (20-16 and then 25-19).
To prepare for the fourth match, with the possibility of qualifying for the semi-finals, the Narbonnese remain in the Hérault until Saturday.