Olympique Marseille’s American proprietor Frank McCourt has strongly condemned “thugs” who attacked the membership’s coaching floor on Saturday, evaluating the violent protest to the lethal January 6 assault on the US Congress.
“What occurred some weeks in the past in Washington DC and what occurred yesterday (Saturday) in Marseille comply with a comparable logic,” McCourt wrote in a press release on the membership’s web site on Sunday.
“A number of sources feed an inferno of opinions, invectives, and threats which might be amplified by social media creating the circumstances that result in violence and chaos,” he acknowledged.
French prosecutors mentioned 18 individuals remained in custody following the assault by a number of hundred disillusioned supporters that prompted widespread injury.
The hardcore Ultras, who have been demonstrating in opposition to the membership management and the staff’s poor latest run of outcomes, assembled in entrance of Marseille’s La Commanderie coaching floor on Saturday afternoon, throwing smoke bombs and firecrackers.
“A frenzy of unjustifiable violence put the lives of these current in peril,” a membership assertion learn.
“Theft was dedicated and autos broken. 5 timber have been burnt down… a number of hundred thousand euros price of injury was prompted.”
Former Marseille proprietor Bernard Tapie mentioned he may perceive the followers’ anger, however condemned the violence.
“It makes me sad to see that. What they did was comprehensible, however it’s completely unacceptable,” Tapie instructed native newspaper La Provence.
The ‘Dodgers Nation’ fansite of American baseball staff the Los Angeles Dogers additionally mocked McCourt, the franchise’s former proprietor.
“Three issues in life are sure: dying, taxes, and Frank McCourt being unhealthy at every thing he does,” the lead article on the web site mentioned.
A number of European newspapers featured the scenes of chaos from town on their entrance pages, with Germany’s Bild and Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport notably main with the story.
The Mediterranean metropolis’s public prosecutor Dominique Laurens mentioned investigations have been “persevering with all through in the present day (Sunday)” into the violence which led to the postponement of the membership’s Saturday night Ligue 1 fixture in opposition to Rennes at their Velodrome stadium.
Police made 25 arrests on Saturday evening. Seven cops suffered minor accidents, and three police vehicles have been badly broken.
McCourt mentioned that Marseille followers “love their membership.
“It’s subsequently unattainable for me to recognise the supporter standing for these small teams of thugs.”
He pledged that Marseille would “work cooperatively with all authorities to make sure these discovered liable for these horrendous acts of violence are held accountable to the complete extent of the regulation”.
Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud instructed Canal Plus on Saturday evening: “We’re all astonished: workers, teaching workers and gamers. We weren’t anticipating a savage horde to show up and destroy every thing.
“I believe we averted a good worse scenario. It may have been a tragedy. Everyone seems to be shocked, gamers and workers. These will not be actual supporters, they’re hooligans, delinquents, individuals who haven’t any respect for something.”
Marseille have gained simply one in every of their final 9 video games in all competitions and languish in seventh place in Ligue 1, 14 factors behind leaders Lyon, albeit with two video games in hand.
On Friday coach Andre Villas-Boas admitted he anticipated to go away on the finish of the season.
“The place wants a clear-out… I am liable for the outcomes and proper now they’re terrible,” the Portuguese former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur coach mentioned.