OGC Nice Village
Menton turns Red and Black
On Wednesday, the OGC Nice Village set up in Menton for a fantastic afternoon. On the Italian border, several hundred Le Gym supporters visited throughout the afternoon. Under the glorious sunshine, they were able to enjoy the usual activities set up at the Allianz Riviera on match days, in a warm atmosphere provided by Scène Emotion, and with a stand for Restos du Coeur on the Esplanade Francis Palmero to combine pleasure and solidarity.
The atmosphere heated up a few degrees when Romain Perraud and Aliou Baldé participated in a long autograph session. A return to the homeland for the left-back who came through the ranks a Le Gym: "It's really important to be here because when you're a kid, you have stars in your eyes. You want to meet the pros, get an autograph, shake their hand. If we can do it, we do it. The supporters give us a lot of love. We try to give it back to them. There are a lot of people in Menton, even though we're right next to Monaco. We know the enthusiasm of our supporters, it goes beyond Nice. I'm not surprised."
The Senegalese winger was delighted with his first encounter with the Red and Black fans: "It's important, I thank everyone here. The supporters mean everything to us. I'm happy to have met them and had a good time with them. I saw smiles. Everyone is happy, we're here as if we were at the stadium. It's like family. I'm very moved."
"A REAL REQUEST FROM THE CITY OF MENTON"
Stéphane Bascoul, head of Youth Services in the City of Menton, expressed his pleasure about the successful event this Wednesday: "It was a genuine request from the City of Menton to welcome OGC Nice today. A big request from our elected officials, Mayor Yves Juhel was particularly keen on it." "As we often say, we are a bit stuck between two borders: Monaco and Italy," added Jean-Claude Alarcon, Deputy for Youth and Sports. "We are very happy that OGC Nice have not forgotten us. I'm more used to going to the Allianz Riviera than seeing the club come to us because this is a first. A beautiful first. Thanks to everyone."