It is the turn of justice to seize on this deplorable affair.
According to AFP, "several investigations" were opened after the incidents which occurred on Saturday during the derby between Lens and Lille (1-0 victory for Lensois), including one for "incitement to hatred and exhibition of racist or xenophobic signs" and another for “sexual exhibition”, the Béthune prosecutor's office announced on Wednesday.
As a reminder, last Saturday, at half-time of the hot derby from the North, dozens of Lensois supporters invaded the field to go to fight with the parking lot of Lille, who had torn seats to throw them on artesian supporters.
The clashes, fortunately limited by the intervention of the CRS, left six slightly injured.
Two spectators were arrested.
The LFP announces that the Disciplinary Commission will meet on Monday to decide on possible sanctions against yesterday's incidents.
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One of them, a 26-year-old Lille supporter appeared on Monday for "violence against a person holding public authority" with "weapon by destination".
He had ripped off a seat from the stadium before throwing it.
The hearing was postponed until October 18, and the man was released under judicial supervision.
After the match, a photograph circulated in the press and on social networks, showing a man, arm outstretched, in a gesture that could evoke a Nazi salute, but performed with the left arm.
Tuesday several media, including the Voice of the North, broadcast the photograph of a shirtless supporter, with blurred lower body, indicating that he had, according to testimonies, exhibited his sex in front of one of the stands occupied by Lensois supporters, including many families.
A gesture which logically provoked the opening of another investigation "for facts qualified as sexual exhibition".
"Investigations are underway with a view to its identification", continues the prosecution.
We take things like that in the mouth in Trannin (family forum) by Lille is normal?
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In addition to the judicial inquiries, the disciplinary committee of the League for its part sanctioned RC Lens with a closed door as a precaution for at least two matches, pending an investigation into the incidents.
Lens will therefore host Strasbourg on Wednesday then Reims on October 1 in an empty stadium.
The committee also decided to close the parking lot for Lille supporters when the reigning French champion club plays away, starting with the planned trip to Strasbourg on Saturday.