The Prosecutor’s Office of Montpellier opened this Monday a legal investigation to carry the ‘ultras’ of Montpellier answerable for displaying posters with offensive statements in the course of the reception in Nantes, on Sunday, in a Ligue 1 match performed on the La Mosson stadium, which guests gained. 3-0, after Montpellier had gained 4 days earlier in Nice (1-6)
“Don’t play shit” and “You’re all shit”, mentioned one of many banners displayed in the stands, in the context of the dissatisfaction of Montpellier followers with the efficiency of the group, solely two factors to above the ‘waterline’ in the classification -, in white letters on a black background.
Next to it, on the identical bench, and written in black and pink on a white background, there may be one other message of unequivocal outrage: “A group of sons of bitches”, in addition to an allusion to the much less dignified efficiency of the group in Sympathetic and extra offensive “everybody will take their ass!”.
Those accountable are accused of “public insults towards sexual orientation”, “introduction, possession and detonation of pyrotechnic artifacts in sports activities venues” and “launching a projectile that places spectators in danger”.
The streaks confirmed simply after the opening whistle, and after quarter-hour the Montpellier ‘ultras’ left the stands abandoned… to return, later, to gentle torches, smoke and pyrotechnics – then launched… on the grass-, which even motivated the interruption of the sport for a couple of minutes.
Sports justice may even analyze, on the assembly of the Disciplinary Committee of the French League, scheduled for Wednesday, the episode of the “homophobic brawls”, predicting a heavy hand for the Montpellier membership.
The French Minister of Sports, Amélie Oudéa-Castéra, has already condemned Montpellier, in a publication on her account on the social community Twitter, for “the biggest variety of homophobic insults contained in banners” and has been clear: “This kind of conduct can’t be tolerated, regardless of the sporting context concerned”. Therefore, the Guardian wrote, “the investigation continues”.
At the native stage, the mayor of Montpellier, the socialist Michaël Delafosse, has additionally expressed his dissatisfaction. “The anger of the followers can’t justify homophobic insults. I strongly condemn them! We will work along with the membership on a challenge to eradicate such a conduct”, the mayor informed L’Équipe, whereas his councilor for sports activities, Hervé Martin, was “shocked by the vulgar and homophobic insults” , and he mentioned he’s ready. “That applicable sanctions be adopted for these accountable”.
See under for the controversial posts, which outraged the entire group:
The most agency condemnation of those photos, of those phrases, of those homophobic acts that should disappear from the enceintes du soccer and sport. The perpetrators have to be recognized, sanctioned and saved completely away from our stadiums. @RomeIsabelle@LFPfr #MHSCFCN pic.twitter.com/t01baWROLM
— Amélie Oudéa-Castéra (@AOC1978) January 16, 2023