“A fit of madness”, up to 8 months imprisonment demanded against supporters

Following the humiliation and violence committed after the Greens’ relegation game against Auxerre on May 29, eleven supporters headed the Saint-Etienne criminal court this Wednesday, November 16. Up to 8 months in prison were required.

Up to 8 months imprisonment was demanded against the subpoenaed followers. This Wednesday, November 16, 2022, the trial of eleven Green supporters arrested for violence and damage committed after ASSE’s defeat to Auxerre at the end of last season took place. Some belong to the “Magic Fans” and the “Green Angels”, the club’s two ultra supporters’ groups.

After the call from the accused, aged 21 to 34, and a brief reminder of the facts, the President of the Court, Stéphanie Perrin, broadcast several videos showing the scenes of chaos on the evening of May 29 at the Geoffroy Guichard Stadium.

We see, from different angles, an invasion of the lawn by several hundred people, the firing of several dozen smoke bombs towards the official platform, causing fires to start.

Protected by their shields, mobile gendarmes form a barrier to prevent violent supporters from entering this platform before tear gas canister fire results in the evacuation of the turf.

A police officer from the Saint-Étienne police station, who came to the bar to explain the work that preceded the arrest of 27 supporters on September 19, showed with supporting images: “the violent entry of two backpacks with pyrotechnic devices before the game, the violence in the sports arena and the violence against the police outside the stadium”.

A fit of madness triggered by anger

A supporter

The first defendant questioned Wednesday morning, aged 34, mentioned a “Madness Provoked by Anger”however, admits that he must do it “Stop going to the stadium”. As the manager of a 25-person team in a transport company, he had previous convictions for drink driving and violence in a sports arena.

These are members of ultra groups like the Green Angels or the Magic Fans, including the President of the Magic Fans, a 27-year-old professional firefighter. He denied throwing a projectile, which he is accused of, and denounced “the unspeakable use of certain pyrotechnic devices”. “could have been dangerous”, since becoming president of the group, he has defended himself against touching smoke bombs.

At the beginning of September, the police had made 27 arrests in 6 departments. Among them a minor and the eldest, aged 38. An operation called “Ultras 42” orchestrated by a hundred police officers after viewing and analyzing many hours of video footage the day after the events.

11 supporters were then placed under judicial supervision and the Saint-Etienne prosecutor had requested that one of them be held in custody pending trial.

The Professional Football League, ASSE and the Saint-Étienne metropolis, which filed a civil suit, then filed a claim for €80,000 damage to the stadium’s facilities and €6,000 damage to public spaces outside Geoffroy-Guichard.

With AFP

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