Sixteen of the ultras supporters arrested Monday morning in Saint-Etienne as part of an investigation into the violence that occurred at the end of May after the L1 / L2 play-off match between ASSE and Auxerre will be tried in corrections, we learned. with one of the lawyers. These are members of the “Magic fans” and the “Green Angels”, the two groups of ultra supporters of the club, said Me Laurent Verilhac, who represents five of the defendants.
An operation called “Ultras 42” mobilizing a hundred police officers appointed Monday morning on the arrest in six departments of twenty-seven men aged 17 to 38 according to a press release from the prosecutor of Saint-Etienne. The suspects were identified after viewing dozens of hours of recordings from video surveillance cameras, making it possible to trace the perpetrators of the violence inside the stadium – in particular the official stand -, those who participated in the clashes with degradation street furniture outside the stadium but also those who introduced smoke bombs.
Places under judicial control with stadium ban
Among them, twenty-four will be the subject of legal proceedings. In addition to the seizures sent back to corrections, incurring in particular a maximum sentence of three years in prison and whose trials will be held on November 16 and January 18, 2023, five will be summoned for comparison on prior recognition of jurisdiction for having introduced smoke bombs. Three others, including a 17-year-old minor, are the subject of a criminal alternative.
Some suspects had previous convictions for offenses related to a sporting event. The sixteen defendants sent back to correctional will be placed under judicial supervision with a stadium ban, a ban on participating in a rally and an obligation to report to the police station during ASSE matches, according to Me Verilhac. The Saint-Etienne public prosecutor’s office requested the placement in pre-trial detention for one of them pending their trial.