Marseille’s US owner links fan violence to Capitol riot

Olympique Marseille’s American owner Frank McCourt has actually highly condemned “thugs” who assaulted the club’s training school on Saturday, comparing the violent demonstration to the fatal January 6 attack on the United States Congress.

“What happened some weeks ago in Washington DC and what happened yesterday (Saturday) in Marseille follow a comparable logic,” McCourt composed in a declaration on the club’s site on Sunday.

“A few sources feed an inferno of opinions, invectives, and threats that are amplified by social media creating the conditions that lead to violence and chaos,” he specified.

French district attorneys stated 18 individuals stayed in custody following the attack by a number of hundred disillusioned advocates that triggered prevalent damage.

The hardcore Ultras, who were showing versus the club management and the group’s bad current run of outcomes, put together in front of Marseille’s La Commanderie training school on Saturday afternoon, tossing smoke bombs and firecrackers.

“A frenzy of unjustifiable violence put the lives of those present in danger,” a club declaration checked out.

“Theft was committed and vehicles damaged. Five trees were burnt down… several hundred thousand euros worth of damage was caused.”

Previous Marseille owner Bernard Tapie stated he might comprehend the fans’ anger, however condemned the violence.

“It makes me unhappy to see that. What they did was understandable, but it is totally unacceptable,” Tapie informed regional paper La Provence.

The ‘Dodgers Country’ fansite of American baseball group the Los Angeles Dogers likewise buffooned McCourt, the franchise’s previous owner.

“Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and Frank McCourt being bad at everything he does,” the lead post on the site stated.

Numerous European papers included the scenes of mayhem from the city on their front pages, with Germany’s Bild and Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport especially leading with the story.

The Mediterranean city’s public district attorney Dominique Laurens stated examinations were “continuing throughout today (Sunday)” into the violence which resulted in the post ponement of the club’s Saturday night Ligue 1 component versus Rennes at their Velodrome arena.

Cops made 25 arrests on Saturday night. 7 policeman suffered small injuries, and 3 patrol cars were terribly harmed.

McCourt stated that Marseille fans “love their club.

“It is for that reason difficult for me to acknowledge the advocate status for these little groups of hooligans.”

He pledged that Marseille would “work cooperatively with all authorities to make sure those discovered accountable for these horrendous acts of violence are held responsible to the complete level of the law”.

Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud told Canal Plus on Saturday night: “We are all amazed: personnel, training personnel and gamers. We were not anticipating a savage crowd to show up and damage whatever.

“I think we avoided an even worse situation. It could have been a tragedy. Everyone is shocked, players and staff. These are not real supporters, they are hooligans, delinquents, people who have no respect for anything.”

Marseille have actually won simply among their last 9 video games in all competitors and suffer in seventh location in Ligue 1, 14 points behind leaders Lyon, albeit with 2 video games in hand.

On Friday coach Andre Villas-Boas confessed he anticipated to leave at the end of the season.

“The place needs a clear-out… I’m responsible for the results and right now they’re awful,” the Portuguese previous Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur coach stated.


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.