FC Cologne condemns “heinous” incidents after violent clashes in Nice

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FC Cologne condemns “heinous” incidents after violent clashes in Nice

FC Cologne condemned “with the greatest firmness” incidents “odious”after the violent clashes between supporters which occurred on Thursday before the Nice-Cologne match in the Europa League Conference which left 32 injured.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the odious events that took place on both sides before yesterday’s match”German club president Werner Wolf said in a statement on Friday.

“The events are all the more regrettable as a big party, with the presence of around 8,000 Cologne fans, has lost its impact and valuehe added. We will focus all our efforts to investigate these incidents and take action against the perpetrators of this violence. »

Violent clashes took place between supporters on Thursday at the Allianz Riviera in Nice before the Europa League Conference meeting between OGC Nice and the Germans of FC Cologne, finally postponed by one hour and ended in a draw (1-1).

A total of 32 people, including two police officers and a steward, were injured. Among them, there is in particular a Parisian supporter “very alcoholic”, infiltrated among the fans of the German club and victim of a fall of 5 meters between two levels of the stands.

No arrest has been made at this stage, according to the Nice prosecutor’s office, which opened three separate investigations. A year ago, in August 2021, the Mediterranean derby between Nice and Marseille in Ligue 1 had already degenerated and the meeting had been interrupted and then postponed.

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