Lyon fan sentenced to two months in prison

5th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

ST ETIENNE, France, March 5, 2007 (AFP) ) - A fan of French league leaders Lyon has been sentenced to two months in prison for throwing a smoke bomb at rival St Etienne fans, the court here said Monday.

ST ETIENNE, France, March 5, 2007 (AFP) ) - A fan of French league leaders Lyon has been sentenced to two months in prison for throwing a smoke bomb at rival St Etienne fans, the court here said Monday.

The local derby at St Etienne's Geoffroy Guichard stadium was held up for 20 minutes after smoke bombs were thrown onto the field of play and police responded by firing tear gas into the crowd.

The Lyon fan, a 25-year-old plumber, is a member of a group of supporters known as the "Bad Gones" and has also been banned from sports stadia for six months.

He had already been convicted of offences five times previously, although none relating to football matches.

The French football federation (FFF) is investigating the incidents and either club could face sanctions over the behaviour of their fans.

Rival club presidents Jean-Michel Aulas of Lyon and his St Etienne counterpart Bernard Caiazzo have been hauled before a disciplinary committee to explain their actions after they exchanged insults in the days preceding the game - something the FFF believes could have stoked the trouble ahead of the clash.

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Subject: French news

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