Ligue 1: Six Marseille supporters seem in courtroom dealing with costs for violent incident at membership’s coaching centre in January

Ligue 1: Six Marseille supporters seem in courtroom dealing with costs for violent incident at membership’s coaching centre in January

The six defendants, together with Rachid Zeroual, 50, chief of the South Winners group, and Christophe Bourguignon, the 49-year-old head of the CU84 group, are being prosecuted for ‘participation in a bunch shaped to plan violence’.

Ligue 1: Six Marseille supporters appear in court facing charges for violent incident at club's training centre in January

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Marseille: Six individuals, together with the leaders of two hardcore Marseille fan teams, appeared in courtroom Monday dealing with costs stemming from violent incidents outdoors the Ligue 1 membership’s coaching centre in January.

The six defendants, together with Rachid Zeroual, 50, chief of the South Winners group, and Christophe Bourguignon, the 49-year-old head of the CU84 group, are being prosecuted for “participation in a bunch shaped to plan violence”.

Three are charged with injury and “violence with the use or menace of a weapon”.

The accused additionally embody the secretary of the South Winners, who’s employed by the native council, a lorry driver and a deliveryman.

All six appeared in courtroom in denims and sweatshirts with none seen indicators of their help for the membership.

On 30 January, some 300 supporters, angered by a succession of disappointing outcomes, massed outdoors the membership’s La Commanderie coaching centre to demand the departure of the membership’s then-president, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, who has since been ousted.

They threw fireworks and smoke bombs and a few entered the centre, reaching the altering rooms.

Home windows have been additionally damaged and vehicles broken, mentioned courtroom official Nathalie Marty.

The membership has estimated the injury was price “at the very least 87,000 euros”.

The defendants on Monday have been arrested 10 days after the incidents.

That is the second case stemming from the incidents. Within the first, 11 supporters arrested on the time of the protest obtained six-month suspended jail sentences, a twelfth, already recognized to the courts for theft, was given a three-month suspended sentence whereas two have been acquitted.

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