Brest supporters’ bus attacked after Montpellier game

A bus, carrying Stade Brestois fans to Montpellier, was attacked after Sunday’s match between the two sides at the Stade de la Mosson. 

Around 60 Brest fans made the trip to watch their side beat Montpellier HSC 3-1 on Sunday afternoon, however, on exiting the city on Sunday afternoon, the bus carrying them back up north was attacked. The bus received a police escort onto the motorway, however, the bus was then stoned by rocks seemingly thrown from a motorway bridge. The attack left multiple windows smashed. 

However, unlike the attack on Olympique Lyonnais’ team bus in Marseille in late October, there were no serious injuries to report. Fabio Grosso was severely injured during the attack en route to the Vélodrome and the injury sustained required stitching. One Brest supporter was, however, struck by shards of glass. The bus, heavily damaged, managed to continue on its long journey towards Brittany.

Brest CEO Pascal Robert was there to meet the club’s fans when they arrived and to observe the damage done to the bus. “It is very serious what has happened” he began. “When you look at the impact on the vehicle, we quickly understand the violence of the events. I want to once again give my support to the fans and we regret that this kind of event, which could have ended in real drama, continues to take place,” added Robert.

The club later released an official statement, denouncing the attack: “Welcomed by a Stade Brestois delegation upon their return to the Stade Francis-Le Blé, the supporters, despite everything, have arrived, despite a big scare. Around 10 cobblestones hit different parts of the bus, injuring supporters, luckily not severely, because of the smashed glasses. Stade Brestois strongly condemns this assault on our fans on Sunday evening.”

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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