Extreme violence between fans before the Brest-Lorient match

Extreme violence between fans before the Brest-Lorient match



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”

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A Lorient supporter framed by firefighters to be transported to the emergency room in front of the Celtic cinema at around 11:20am this Sunday, after violent clashes with Brest supporters. (The Telegram/Catherine Le Guen)

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.

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After the violence that broke out between rue Victor-Hugo and rue Jean-Jaurès, the Brest supporters disappeared. Only residents of Lorient were supervised by the police to reach the Francis-Le Blé stadium. (The Telegram/Catherine Le Guen)
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Lorient supporters, supervised by mobile gendarmes, join the Francis-Le Blé stadium to watch the Brest-Lorient match. (The Telegram/Catherine Le Guen)

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? “.

Nine mobile gendarmerie vehicles arrived in Brest to ensure the safety of this high-risk derby.
Nine mobile gendarmerie vehicles arrived in Brest to ensure the safety of this high-risk derby. (The Telegram/Catherine Le Guen)

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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The prefect blames “a minority of Lorient” during the violence before the Brest-Lorient match

For this high-risk Brest-Lorient match, 190 mobile police and gendarmes were on deck from Sunday morning.

“The football match between Stade Brestois and FC Lorient at the Francis Le Blé stadium, in Brest, on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 3:00 p.m., was classified as risk level 4 out of 5 given the risk of disturbances in public order that could be provoked by certain groups of ultra fans of the two teams”, writes the prefect of Finistère, this Sunday night, stressing that in the surroundings and in the stadium everything went well, “thanks to the police and reinforcements of mobilized mobile gendarmes”. In fact, 190 mobile police and gendarmes were in Brest to ensure the safety of this meeting.

“No incident around, or in the stadium”

“There were no incidents or injuries during the match or around the stadium before and after the end of this football match. On the other hand, violence broke out, around 11 am, in the city center of Brest, between about forty ultra sympathizers from Lorient and ultra sympathizers from Brest. This violence, which did not lead to any damage, caused a minor injury, which left the hospital in the afternoon, on the side of the Lorient ultras”, adds the State representative.

“Follow up”

In addition, the prefect “condemns in the strongest terms this violence that is a consequence of the non-compliance by a minority of ultra-sympathizers of Lorient with the prefectural decree that imposes on them a meeting point with an escort from the police forces to the stadium. The 600 Lorient fans who respected this decree were able to be transported to the stadium without any problem on the way there and back”.

“Regarding the perpetrators of the violence in the center of the city, their identities have been identified and administrative follow-up will be given to this breach of the prefectural decree. Likewise, if complaints are filed, everything possible will be done to identify the perpetrators of this violence and bring them to justice.”


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