Justice has opened two investigations after the attacks Saturday of a journalist of France 3 and a sick child and his family, on the sidelines of the match between Ajaccio and Marseille, we learned Sunday from the prosecutor's office.
After the match, which ended in a 1-0 defeat of Olympique de Marseille on the last day of Ligue 1, a journalist from France 3 Corsica Via Stella was assaulted by Marseille fans at a petrol station near the stadium.
Initial indications of significant violence committed by a group of individuals whose identities are being sought. A custody was initiated at 1:15 am" Sunday, said the prosecutor of the Republic of Ajaccio, Nicolas Septe. An investigation is opened on charges of "aggravated violence and aggravated robbery". The journalist was briefly hospitalized and the channel announced the filing of a complaint.
Later on Sunday, the prosecutor opened another investigation for gang violence, this time concerning the assault on a sick child and his family inside the stadium. "We asked that all means be implemented to identify the perpetrators of these unspeakable facts as soon as possible," said the prosecutor.
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A dream that turns into a nightmare
This child with cancer had been invited Saturday in Corsica to realize his "dream" to meet OM players. He was targeted with his parents in the stadium, detailed AC Ajaccio, speaking of "unspeakable acts".
The dream quickly turned into a nightmare when Kenzo and his parents, who came in the colors of Olympique de Marseille, were shamefully abused by individuals who broke into their dressing room," the club said in a statement. "As soon as the individuals have been identified by our services, we will file a complaint against them," he promises.
The president of the Orsi Ribelli supporters group disputed in Corse Matin some details in the precise course of events while acknowledging that "some people sitting in the Faedda stand went up, punched the father twice to make him remove the jersey before going down with the outfit". At the end of the match, however, the child was able to spend a moment with one of his idols, OM player Matteo Guendouzi.
The mayor of Ajaccio, Stéphane Sbraggia, expressed on Twitter his indignation at "acts that testify to a worrying loss of values". The mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, said he had "no words to describe this scandalous aggression".
As early as Friday, tensions had erupted between supporters of the two clubs in Ajaccio, requiring the creation at the last minute of a fan-zone on a beach for the hundreds of Marseille supporters who had made the trip.