Five To Stand Trial Over Bastia Violence
Five men will appear in court Tuesday to stand trial over their alleged
involvement in violent clashes that scarred Bastia’s home match against
Ligue 1 rivals Lyon on April 16.
French prosecutors said the men would be tried immediately, a day after
four were arrested and placed in custody. A fifth turned himself in at
the police station later on Monday.
A hardcore section of home fans at Bastia’s Armand Cesari stadium
targeted Lyon’s players as they warmed up before the game, causing it to
be delayed by more than 50 minutes, and then abandoned as the two sides
went in for the break.
Two Lyon players, Anthony Lopes and Mathieu Gorgelin, have filed police
complaints after being attacked by Bastia fans during the game.
Bastia’s next home game against Rennes on April 29 will be played at a neutral ground behind closed doors.
Other disciplinary measures against the club who are already bottom of Ligue 1 and facing relegation could follow on May 4.
The violence followed crowd trouble several days earlier at
Lyon, who hosted Turkish team Besiktas in the Europa League