The operation, dubbed “Ultras 42”, started at 6 a.m., mobilizing around a hundred police officers, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
The arrested supporters are suspected of having participated in the violence which occurred on Sunday May 29, inside the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium after the final whistle and the defeat of the Greens against Auxerre, synonymous with relegation to Ligue 2.
Almost four months of investigations
The Departmental Directorate of Public Security of the Loire had indicated in recent months that four police officers were working full time on this case, in particular by exploiting the images of the 250 cameras from inside the stadium, as well as those of the city of Saint- Étienne, near the enclosure. In the seconds following the penalty shootout, hundreds of ultras had invaded the lawn, showing their anger by launching smoke bombs and firework mortars towards the official stand, sometimes with tight fire.
This violence involving 150 to 200 men, often hidden under hoods, neckerchiefs and scarves, lasted nearly two hours and caused significant damage.
Following these incidents, the Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League (LFP) failed ASSE to set back six points from the Ligue 2 championship, three of which were closed, and six matches behind closed doors, two of which were suspended. .
Contacted, AS Saint-Etienne did not wish to comment on these arrests.