Eleven 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 in mid-November, a we learned from 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.
Placed under judicial control with stadium ban
An operation called “Ultras 42” mobilizing a hundred police officers led Monday morning to the arrest in six departments of 27 men, including a minor, aged 17 to 38, according to a press release from the Saint-Etienne prosecutor. 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.
Some suspects had previous convictions for offenses related to a sporting event. The 11 defendants returned 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 has requested that one of them be remanded in custody pending the trial scheduled for November 16.