The trial of the Nice supporter who mimed a kippah on his head before stretching out his arm to make a Nazi salute, during the match stopped between Nice and Olympique de Marseille on August 22, was held this Wednesday in front of the Nice Criminal Court. He was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence and a three-year stadium ban.

This 31-year-old salesman was prosecuted for “apologizing for a crime against humanity” and “incitement to hatred during a sporting event”. He had been identified thanks to the videos of several other supporters in the stands. The individual himself went to the police after the fact to explain himself. “He gave in to the passion, to the madness of the stadium. He is ashamed, ”his lawyer explained at the time.

The prosecutor had requested nine months of adaptable prison and five years of ban on stadium. He was eventually sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence and a three-year stadium ban.

After his immediate appearance, last September, the defendant asked for a delay to prepare his defense while the public prosecutor recommended his detention by the time of the trial, “because of the serious disturbances to public order caused by his gesture. “. What the court deemed necessary.

“A nostalgic for the Third Reich”

SOS Racisme had lodged a complaint and the Licra had become a civil party. “The place of those nostalgic for the Third Reich is not in football stadiums but in court”, then reacted the association for the fight against racism and anti-Semitism at the time of the broadcast of the video on social networks .

“Isolated acts, like this one, are always reprehensible and this is the case since we have filed a complaint. But I do not want all our public to be assimilated to it, ”declared, for his part, the president of the OGCN Jean-Pierre Rivère.

The offense of apologizing for a crisis against humanity is punished by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros.


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