how investigators identified the ultras involved in the dam chaos

The public prosecutor of Saint-Etienne gave details on how the investigators managed to arrest on Monday around thirty ASSE ultras involved in the excesses which followed the Ligue 1-Ligue 2 barrage against Auxerre , lost last May at Geoffroy-Guichard.

It took four months to clear up the chaos a bit. A large-scale operation was carried out by a hundred police officers on Monday in the Saint-Etienne region. It made it possible to arrest around thirty ultras from ASSE, suspected of having participated in the excesses that occurred after the Ligue 1-Ligue 2 barrage lost to Auxerre (1-1, 4 tab to 5), on May 29. last. At the final whistle, violence had broken out, including an invasion of land and numerous damage around Geoffroy-Guichard (estimated at nearly 600,000 euros).

David Charmatz, the public prosecutor, issued a press release to give details on how the police went up to the protagonists of this tense evening. After the incidents, the departmental security of the Loire set up a cell made up of three officials from the general investigations unit. This restricted group first divided the evening into three distinct phases: the introduction of equipment into the stadium, the violence committed against the spectators in the official stand and the clashes with damage to street furniture outside the stadium.

Dozens of hours of viewing

To determine the responsibilities of each other, the investigators analyzed the images provided by nearly a hundred surveillance cameras of the stadium and its surroundings. Dozens of hours of viewing which made it possible to formally identify twenty-seven people (including a minor), domiciled in six different departments (including twenty in the Loire).

The operation to apprehend them was induced this Monday around 6am. Some ultras were not at home when the police arrived, but they went to the police station on their own. Eleven people involved in the phase of throwing projectiles and violence committed against spectators in the official gallery (considered the most serious) will be referred to the prosecution on Tuesday, in order to be summoned before the criminal court within two month. In the meantime, the prosecution has requested their placement under judicial supervision as well as provisional detention for one of them, because of his background.

ASSE sanctioned sportingly

In sporting terms, the Disciplinary Committee of the Professional Football League lost six withdrawal points to ASSE in the Ligue 2 championship, three of which were closed, and six matches behind closed doors, two of which were suspended. After nine days, the Greens currently occupy 18th place in the standings, with two wins, four draws and three losses on the clock.

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