Antony Gautier leads a double life: he’s a Ligue 1 referee and mayor (SE). He pulls out his cleats and his most stunning fluorescent jersey on the weekend to referee the matches the place Kylian Mbappé, Mattéo Guendouzi or Kévin Gameiro shine. And, the remainder of the time, he places on his tricolor scarf in Bailleul (15,200 inhabitants, North), in French Flanders, on the Belgian border. With out tangling the bins. “It is the identical man in each circumstances however, clearly, I adapt to the context. Once I’m on the pitch, I am a 100% referee, I do not take into consideration what’s going to occur the following day in Bailleul. And when I’m in Bailleul, I’m the mayor of the town during which I’ve at all times lived, ”explains essentially the most skilled energetic referee in France, with greater than 250 Ligue 1 matches and greater than 40 Coupe d Europe on the counter.
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David Benech, former Ligue 1 assistant referee, who labored with the elected official, and municipal police officer in Pins-Justaret (Haute-Garonne), isn’t stunned. “A referee is on the service of the sport and the gamers and an elected official at that of his territory and its inhabitants. They’re the identical genes. Whether or not on the soccer area or in our neighborhood, we’re there to implement the foundations,” he feedback. A double hat and a sacred vein, in response to Antony Gautier. “At the moment, I’m fortunate to have the ability to train these two actions, that are passions. I’ve this luxurious,” he acknowledges. His need to get entangled in politics dates again to 2002 and the presence of Jean-Marie Le Pen within the second spherical of the presidential election. “I had a click on! I mentioned to myself that it was an obligation to decide to combat towards hatred and the rejection of others,” he recollects.
This aspiration materialized in Lille, when, in 2013, Martine Aubry requested him to be on her checklist for the municipal elections. After the victory, she named him assistant delegate for sport and, subsequently, additionally entrusted him with increased schooling and analysis. Based on Antony Gautier, this expertise as an elected official gave him the legitimacy to face as a candidate for the municipal elections of 2020 in Bailleul, which he gained.
On the head of the town, he implements “[s]left-wing convictions”, notably in issues of social justice. A current instance? The discount at school catering costs and the readjustment of the grid, regardless of the inflationary context. “We wished extra fairness, with quantities that correspond extra to the sources and composition of households. Consuming nicely is a proper! he asserts. And, for some kids, the one good meal of the day is that of the meridian break. He additionally needs to “interact the town of Bailleul and the Bailleulois on the problems of ecological and solidarity transition”. The municipality has thus promised 20 kilometers of biking services in order that the bicycle turns into a part of the each day lifetime of its residents. “It is a part of what characterizes us, to reside in a different way, with out automobile habit”, specifies the mayor.
Initiatives removed from his life as a referee. Furthermore, he makes certain that the very fact of getting been one all his life – since he began at 11 years previous as a linesman in his father’s matches – doesn’t affect his selections of first Justice of the Peace. “If you end up the mayor of a metropolis of greater than 15,000 inhabitants, the questions inherent within the follow of sport or city planning are on the similar degree. Even when, by nature, I’ve a sensitivity for sport, when I’m within the costume of mayor, I’ve an equally necessary curiosity in different themes, ”he assures.
He derives some benefits from the scenario. As a result of being a Ligue 1 and worldwide degree referee provides media weight, which isn’t with out assist, in response to David Benech. “Little notoriety is at all times helpful. It facilitates the connection with folks. They essentially have respect for what Antony Gautier does on this planet of soccer, he believes. After which, it creates a gap, by providing a subject of dialog. »
Though after two years the locals received somewhat used to it. “In Bailleul, folks know me, so my profession as a referee does not come up an excessive amount of within the discussions. However, when that is the case, it’s at all times in a benevolent manner, says Antony Gautier. Equally, when I’m involved with the opposite elected officers of the town or with the brokers, it isn’t the referee that they see, however the mayor. »
To handle these two actions, he organizes his schedule arithmetically. It’s needed to place there all that’s incumbent on its features of elected, the each day trainings and the displacements to go to the locations of the matches. He additionally attaches nice significance to his household life. A busy day, then. “You want ardour! he bounces again.
And once more, he placed on maintain, from 2011, his different profession as a lecturer in arithmetic. As a result of he has additionally pushed to a excessive degree on this self-discipline which requires not less than as a lot rigor as refereeing. The topic of the thesis he defended in 2004? “Time-series fashions with time-dependent coefficients”. “It was about constructing statistical fashions to suit knowledge sequence. The target was to have the absolute best forecasts on the evolution of those knowledge”, he interprets. Certainly thrilling, however much less straightforward to debate!