The “fight” meeting or the fight between supporters of Brest and Lorient was, it seems, taken the day before, if we go by the rumors that circulated on social networks in the evening. “It was a coincidence,” assures a Brest supporter who was questioned late in the morning, when he boasted that he had “spit out their teeth on Lorient”.
“They are not afraid to kill”
The scene that took place on Sunday, October 9, 2022, between rue Victor-Hugo and rue Jean-Jaurès, deeply shocked the witnesses who, shortly before 11 a.m., saw young people brandishing smoke bombs and fireworks, fighting and running in the street, while the match van Brest against Lorient did not take place until 3 p.m.
all the warring parties, Residents of Lorient, devoid of distinctive signs near the stadium by an order of the prefectas Brestois, devoid of bleacherswere dressed in black and even used street furniture to beat each other with plates.
“I saw extremely violent situations, with the two groups insulting each other until four individuals grabbed one and beat him. Four to a single youngster on the ground, they kicked him in the face, with no restraint in their gestures. They are not afraid to kill! It was amazing. 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 bump on her head. His only response was to say it was the game! It is harrowing, the image it gives is terrible. As Der Zakarian says, that’s what gyms are for, if you want ultimate boxing! Says a witness at the scene, who saw several injured, but only one Lorient supporter was received by the firefighters. There was no arrest.
A resident of Lorient received by firefighters
The turnout of the supporters was stopped by the police at around 11.10 am, rue Jean-Jaurès, near the Celtic cinema. There were only about forty Lorient residents left, including an injured one wrapped in a survival blanket, sitting on the steps of the cinema. When the fire brigade arrived, he was able to walk to the ambulance with his face bleeding to be transported to the emergency room. After an hour of waiting, the people of Lorient, under police supervision, were able to walk into rue Jean-Jaurès before rushing to the Carrefour Market to buy food.
At that time, nine vehicles of mobile gendarmes arrived on the scene and around 1.20 pm the inhabitants of Lorient were able to reach the Francis-Le Blé stadium surrounded by the gendarmes via the route de Paris and rue du Guilvinec, not without being insulted by a Brest supporter who drove past: “Merlus, we’re going to smoke you”.
An attitude that alarmed a passer-by from Brest who witnessed the violence: “It is because of this stupid behavior that football fans no longer dare to come to the stadium as a family with their children. What is the purpose of these supporters? “.
At the start of the match, Brest supporters set off fireworks outside the perimeter fence, route de Quimper, whose smoke billowed over their empty stands. But that didn’t stop the game. A banner hostile to the leaders was also hung on the wall of the stadium: “Betrayal direction, Francis Le Blé to the Brestois”.
A total of 190 police and gendarmes, including two mobile squadrons, intervened during the day.