While he was initially to be tried in immediate appearance by the Nice court, the Aiglons supporter who tried last Sunday to kick Dimitri Payet, OM’s attacking midfielder, will finally be tried on September 22. The 28-year-old young man, placed in police custody on Monday, requested and obtained a deadline to prepare his defense and was placed under judicial supervision with a ban on appearing in a stadium and an obligation to check in once a week at the police station. “In Nice and everywhere else,” said the president of the tribunal, Marion Menot.
“I regret bitterly, I feel ashamed, it’s been three days since I slept”
The representative of the prosecution, Leopold Mendes, had requested his placement in pre-trial detention, criticizing “serious acts of rather pathetic hooliganism”. He noted the young man’s only criminal record, for acts of contempt and rebellion dating back to September 2019 after an altercation with gendarmes at the entrance of a stadium in Montpellier. He was fined 450 euros. “I regret bitterly, I feel ashamed, it has been three days since I slept and I think that I will regret all my life, to have dirtied the name of my parents, of my little family”, declared the young temporary worker, under the eyes of his parents, faces closed, his mother in tears.
The supporter’s lawyer, Me Benjamin Taieb, for his part assured that he would never go to a stadium again, he is traumatized […] An hour after the match, his name, that of his companion, of his parents circulated on social networks […] He has become the number one public enemy. “
He also explained that his client had “at no time thrown bottles” and that the medical certificate for a two-day ITT produced by Marseille leader Dimitri Payet, a civil party with his club, was unrelated to the alleged facts. .
Supporter of OGC Nice since his childhood, only son with family ties described as stable, this young interim order picker who “does not have the profile of a delinquent” according to his lawyer, had been subscribed for 5 years to the Populaire sud, an association of supporters.
Sunday, the match between Nice and Olympique de Marseille was definitively interrupted in the 78th minute of the match, after the Marseille playmaker, Dimitri Payet, who was about to take a corner, was the target of the supporters ultras from Nice. Hit in the back by a plastic water bottle, Payet returned the projectile to the audience.
Dozens of Nice supporters then invaded the lawn, causing a general fight between supporters, players of the two teams and members of the management of the two clubs.