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The Nice supporter, author of a kick in the direction of Dimitri Payet during the general fight during the Nice-Marseille football match at the end of August, was sentenced Thursday to a one-year suspended prison sentence and a five-year ban on Stadium.
The Nice supporter who attacked Dimitri Payet during the Nice-Marseille football match at the end of August was sentenced, Thursday, September 30, to a year in prison suspended and a five-year ban from the stadium. This sentence, pronounced by the criminal court of Nice, is lower than the requisitions of the prosecutor, who had asked for one year of imprisonment of which six months closed.
Tony Calzoni, 28-year-old temporary worker and supporter of OGC Nice since his childhood, therefore escapes prison, but his sentence is accompanied by a period of two years of probationary follow-up, an “obligation of care” and he will have to justify “a job or a training”.
“There is no firm imprisonment, we have not heard an example,” said the president, during the deliberation.
The Nice supporter is also banned from stadium “for five years, the maximum ban”, added the president. He will have to “report to the police station during each meeting between Nice and OM”, but he will be exempt from it for the other matches of OGC Nice.
“It is a decision which seems to me balanced and proportionate and below the requisitions of the public prosecutor”, reacted Me Benjamin Taïeb, lawyer of the supporter, who “will not appeal”: “The ban of stadium of five years is completely legitimate, so my client is happy with this decision, ”he added.
General fight between supporters
On August 22, during the 3e Ligue 1 day, the Nice-Olympique de Marseille match had been definitively interrupted at the 78e minute, while Dimitri Payet, the Marseille playmaker, who was about to take a corner, was the target of ultra Nice supporters.
Hit in the back by a plastic water bottle, Dimitri Payet returned the projectile to the public. Dozens of Nice supporters had then invaded the lawn, causing a general fight between supporters, players of the two teams and members of the management of the two clubs.
According to the video recordings, Tony Calzoni was the first to invade the lawn and walked with his foot forward towards Dimitri Payet. “I went down to demand accounts and explanations. I saw several players around me and I panicked,” he had justified himself during the hearing on September 22.
At the time of these serious incidents, Nice was leading 1 to 0. But the match will be replayed on October 27 on neutral ground and one point was withdrawn from OGC Nice.
Another Nice supporter, accused of having given a Nazi salute during the same meeting, will be tried on October 13.