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Football: prison required against the Nice supporter who targeted Payet

2021-09-22T17:18:32.914Z

The supporter of OGC Nice who was guilty of a kick on the Marseille striker could be sentenced to prison.



A year of imprisonment including six months suspended were required Wednesday against the Nice supporter author of a kick towards Dimitri Payet during the incidents which caused the final termination of the Ligue 1 football match Nice-Marseille at the end of August. "

He showed himself unworthy of his quality of supporter,

" insisted the prosecutor, without asking for his imprisonment. Against Tony Calzoni, 28-year-old interim and supporter of OGC Nice since her childhood, she however requested "

a stadium ban of 5 years, the maximum possible duration

".

The man, who was to appear immediately on August 25 before the Nice court, had asked for time to prepare his defense.

Placed under judicial supervision with ban on appearing in a stadium, he pointed once a week to the police station.

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On August 22, during the third day of Ligue 1, the Nice-Olympique de Marseille match was definitively interrupted in the 78th minute, while Dimitri Payet, who was about to take a corner, was the target of the ultra Nice supporters. .

Hit in the back by a plastic water bottle, Payet returned the projectile to the audience.

Dozens of Nice supporters had then invaded the lawn, causing a general fight between supporters, players of the two teams and members of the management of the two clubs.

At the time of these serious incidents, Nice was leading 1-0.

But the match will have to be replayed on neutral ground and one point has been withdrawn at OGC Nice.

Every time he wants an explanation, I wonder if he comes in with his foot outstretched.

Louis Dubecq

According to video recordings released at the hearing, the supporter was the first to invade the pitch and walked forward towards Payet. “

I went downstairs to demand an account and an explanation. I saw several players around me and I panicked,

”he said on Wednesday. For Me Benjamin Taïeb, his client has "

not at all the profile of a hooligan

": "

He is ashamed of his gesture

" and is "

in an attitude of repentance

", he pleaded, estimating the requisitions "

Disproportionate

".

"Whenever he wants explanations, I wonder if he comes with a

straight

foot

," quipped Louis Dubecq, OM lawyer. "

Violence in football is cancer

”, pleaded for his part Mr. Benjamin Peyrelevade, for the Professional Football League, recalling the recent incidents in other Ligue 1 matches, in particular in Lens against Lille on Saturday: “

The descent of the Niçois may have influenced the Lensois, we wonder what the next stage will be

”.

The decision was put under advisement as of September 30.

Incidents during the Nice-OM match: Maracineanu considers the sanctions "

proportionate

"

Source: lefigaro

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