A good four months after the riots in Nice, a fan of Bundesliga soccer club 1. FC Köln has been sentenced to 18 months in prison without probation for serious breach of the peace and dangerous bodily harm.
In her verdict before the district court of Bergisch Gladbach, the judge attested to the accused (36) who confessed "credible remorse", but expressed doubts about his assertion that he had "detached himself from the scene". The verdict is not yet legally binding.
The court fell just short of prosecutors' demand, which had called for a one-year, nine-month prison sentence without parole. The many years of membership in the scene and the previous convictions of the scaffolder from Bergisch Gladbach had a negative effect on the sentence. On various videos shown in court, the family man, who has been in custody for the past 113 days, was seen in a physical altercation with an opposing fan in the stands of the Nice stadium.
Before the Conference League game on September 8, 2022 in the southern French city, there were serious riots between supporters of 1. FC Köln and OGC Nice. As a result, the game started almost an hour late. Over 40 people were injured, including nine police officers.