The “brawl” or brawl meeting between the Brest and Lorient supporters appears to have been taken the day before, judging by the rumors that circulated overnight on social media. “It was a coincidence”, says a Brest fan questioned at the end of the morning, when he boasted of having “spit his teeth out at Lorient”.
“They are not afraid to kill”
The scene that took place between rue Victor-Hugo and rue Jean-Jaurès, this Sunday, October 9, 2022, deeply shocked witnesses who saw young people throwing smoke bombs and firecrackers, fighting and running through the streets, little before 11 am while Brest’s match against Lorient was not played until 3 pm.
All the belligerents, Lorient, deprived of distinctive signs near the stadium by decree of the prefect, like Brest, deprived of stands, dressed in black and even used street furniture to hit each other with posters.
“I saw situations of extreme violence, where the two groups insulted each other until four individuals grabbed one to beat him. Four against a single young man on the ground, they kicked him in the face, without restraint in their gestures. They are not afraid to kill! It was incredible. I went to talk to one of the victims who had just been beaten: she had a black eye, a bruised face and an egg-sized lump on her head. His only reaction from her was to say it was the game! She is distressing, the image she gives is terrible. As Der Zakarian says, there are gyms for that, if you want to do the best boxing! “Says a witness at the scene, who saw several injured, but only one Lorient fan was treated by firefighters. There was no arrest.
A resident of Lorient cared for by firefighters
The climb of supporters was stopped by the police, around 11:10, rue Jean-Jaurès, at the height of the Celtic cinema. Only about forty residents of Lorient remained, including an injured person wrapped in a survival blanket, sitting on the steps of the cinema. When firefighters arrived, her face bleeding, she was able to walk to the ambulance to be transported to the emergency room. After an hour of waiting, the inhabitants of Lorient were able to walk down rue Jean-Jaurès, watched by the police, before rushing to the Carrefour Market to buy food.
At that time, nine mobile gendarmes vehicles arrived at the scene and, at around 1:20 p.m., the inhabitants of Lorient were able to reach the Francis-Le Blé stadium surrounded by gendarmes along the Paris route and the rue du Guilvinec, not without being insulted by a Brest fan passing by in his car: “Merlus, we’re going to smoke you”.
An attitude that distressed a Brest passer-by who witnessed the violence: “It is because of stupid behavior like this that those who really love football no longer dare to come to the stadium as a family with their children. What is the goal of these followers? “.
At the start of the match, Brest fans outside the Quimper route detonated firecrackers, the smoke of which passed over their empty stands. But that did not interrupt the game, a banner hostile to the leaders had also been hung on the wall of the stadium: “Betrayal management, Francis Le Blé al Brestois”.
During the day, a total of 190 police and gendarmes intervened, including two mobile squads.
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