- Nantes fan stabbed to death
- Violence mars a French soccer match.
- The French club issues a statement.
French football is in mourning after the tragic death of a 31-year-old fan during clashes before the Ligue 1 match between Nantes and Nice.
The victim, allegedly a member of the ultra group Brigade Loire, was stabbed in a violent altercation that has shocked the soccer community.
The fateful night of Saturday, December 2, was overshadowed by the terrible incident that marked the match between Nantes and Nice.
The buses transporting the supporters of the Nice team were attacked by Nantes fans.
Nantes fan stabbed to death before soccer match
This wave of violence has unleashed a series of confrontations that culminated in the tragic death of the young soccer fan.
The Nantes public prosecutor confirmed the violent incident and announced they are investigating what happened.
The victim, a passionate supporter of the team, died after being stabbed, despite the quick intervention of emergency services.
Nantes, a French First Division team, said it deeply regretted the loss in an official statement, offering condolences to the young man’s family and friends.
Nantes issues a statement about the stabbing
«Numerous witness interviews are underway and will continue into the night,» the statement from FC Nantes continued.
The Club can only deplore that a person lost their life in such circumstances,» they added.
Meanwhile, the Nantes prosecutor said, «The very first forensic investigations show that the victim had a wound on his back, possibly caused by a bladed weapon.»
Violence among fans
The FC Nantes statement concludes: «FC Nantes would like to express its most sincere condolences to the victim’s family and those close to them.»
The Beaujoire stadium, which should have been the scene of an exciting match, was a witness to a tragedy that has left the world of soccer in shock.
The French Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, wrote about the «great pain» that the event caused her and said that her thoughts were with the family of the deceased.
It is worth mentioning that the eight-time French champions said that the prosecutor’s office had launched a homicide investigation.
The attacker surrenders
Hours after the tragic incident, the attacker showed up at a local police station, according to Ouest France.
The authorities have not yet revealed his identity or what may have motivated this violent act.
However, this marks an important step in the investigation that will seek to shed light on the circumstances that led to the death of the young fan.
L’Equipe reported that the fan was a member of the Loire Brigade, the main group of die-hard Nantes fans, according to The Associated Press.
French soccer fans have gotten unruly before
Nantes ended a four-match losing streak by beating Nice 1-0 on Saturday, just three days after Gourvennec was appointed to the front.
Nice remains second in the table, one point behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain, who went to Le Havre on Sunday. Nantes is eighth, 12 points behind PSG.
Lately there have been repeated violent clashes on the sidelines of soccer matches in France.
At the end of October, the Olympique Lyonnais bus was attacked with stones in Marseille. Their coach Fabio Grosso was hit in the head.