The players are finally speaking out in the face of this escalation of violence that has tainted many Ligue 1 matches since the start of the season.
The new Hérault striker Valère Germain spoke on Wednesday evening at a press conference after the meeting of the 7th day between Montpellier and Bordeaux.
He implores all supporters to "put an end to this type of behavior whether they take place in sports arenas or outside". The former player of OM and AS Monaco also regretted that the sanctions after the invasion of the field and the clashes that took place during the Nice-Marseille match on August 23 were not much stronger. . According to him, this would have made it possible "to curb the ardor of the most virulent supporters" everywhere in France.
This Montpellier - Bordeaux was also peppered with incidents before the meeting. "Sixteen people were injured in Montpellier on the sidelines of the football match," said the prefecture of Hérault in a statement. A bus of Bordeaux supporters was heading towards the La Mosson stadium when it was stoned by individuals while it was stuck in traffic jams. The doors were then opened, the Bordelais got out of the bus to do battle with the Montpellier residents “armed with iron bars” and “smoke bombs”. A general fight broke out by the side of the road before the police intervened. The bus then continued on its way to the vicinity of the Mosson stadium, where the injured were taken care of by the firefighters.
At least 16 Bordeaux residents were slightly injured, six of whom were taken to hospital.
The clashes took place at the Saint-Jean-de-Védas motorway exit, near Montpellier.
No arrests have taken place for the moment.
National police investigators are carrying out investigations to identify the perpetrators of this violence.