About thirty ultra supporters of AS Saint-Etienne were arrested at their home on Monday morning and placed in police custody as part of an investigation into the violence that occurred at the end of May at the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium after the L1/L2 play-off return match. The operation called "Ultras 42" started at six o'clock, mobilizing a hundred police officers, a source close to the investigation told AFP.
The arrested supporters are suspected of having participated in the violence that occurred on Sunday May 29, inside the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, after the final whistle and the defeat of the Greens on penalties against Auxerre (1-1 , 4 tab to 5), synonymous with relegation to Ligue 2. The Departmental Directorate of Public Security of the Loire had indicated in recent months that four police officers were working full time on this case, in particular by exploiting the images of the 250 cameras of the inside the stadium, as well as those of the city of Saint-Etienne, near the enclosure.
The Greens started the Ligue 2 season with three penalty points due to these incidents. (A. Réau/The Team)
In the seconds following the penalty shootout, hundreds of ultras had invaded the lawn, showing their anger by launching smoke bombs and firework mortars towards the official stand, sometimes with tight fire. This violence involving 150 to 200 men, often hidden under hoods, scarves and scarves, lasted nearly two hours and caused significant damage.