St Etienne president welcomes fan arrests
04 December 2013, 17:44
Saint- Etienne - Saint-Etienne president Roland Romeyer welcomed news on Wednesday of the arrest of seven fans following violence at last month's 1-0 victory at Ligue 1 rivals Nice.
Six Saint-Etienne fans and one Nice supporter have been arrested over the violent scenes that marred the match on November 24 when eight people were injured at the Allianz Riviera stadium on the Cote d'Azur.
The bus carrying Saint Etienne fans to the stadium came under fire from projectiles but once they were in the ground some of them ripped up seats and hurled them at sections of the Nice support, a minority of whom replicated those actions.
The away side's fans had to be evacuated from the ground by police.
"I was waiting for these arrests since those incidents. I'm delighted, it goes without saying that ASSE will file a civil claim against the people who are prosecuted in court because they have damaged the image of the club," said Romeyer.
"I didn't understand why these arrests weren't made during the chaos of those incidents in Nice's stadium but I am satisfied to see that, 10 days later, they have been made."
Romeyer has also called for the ministers of the Interior and Sports to hold an inquiry into violence at football stadiums.