The Lorient court declared Sportingsols guilty of manslaughter and concealed work in the Moustoir tragedy, which cost the life of 36-year-old Yohann Essirard at the end of 2020. He had helped his young half-brother, an employee of the company, to manipulate what he called ” the wheel barrow “more precisely a 465 kg light therapy ramp which suddenly collapsed when all the wheels were in the same axis.
The accident happened after a Ligue 1 match between Lorient and Rennes (0-3) on December 20, 2020, behind closed doors, in the midst of the Covid period, where only a few guests and workers were authorized in the stands. The investigation had revealed that safety stops were missing on the ramps, sheared by the workers to facilitate their work.
Six months suspended prison sentence and 117,500 euros fine
The debates on September 19, which lasted seven hours, with the film of the drama broadcast, essentially focused on the notion of hidden work. Yohann Essirard, “always there to help” had bravely brought back his widow, should never have stepped onto the lawn to take part in a delicate manoeuvre.
The prosecutor, very severe with regard to the two leaders of Sportingsols, Loïc Jobard and Robert Paul, who maintained that the employees had acted on their own initiative, had demanded a six-month suspended prison sentence. He was followed by the court. Added to this is a total fine of 117,500 euros. The society, “very surprised” and “disappointed”, could appeal.