Nantes fan dies after being stabbed by a vehicle for hire driver

Nantes fan, 31, dies after being stabbed by a vehicle for hire driver taking Nice fans to their game – with the assailant turning himself in to local police

  • A Nantes fan has died after being stabbed prior to their 1-0 win against Nice
  • Their attacker, a vehicle for hire driver, has subsequently turned themselves in
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An FC Nantes supporter has died, aged 31, after the fan was stabbed by a vehicle for hire driver ahead of the Ligue 1 side’s 1-0 win against Nice on Saturday, according to reports. 

The incident occurred shortly before 8pm when several Nice supporters were attacked by rival fans of Nantes while on their way to the Stade de la Beaujoire.

According to French outlet Ouest, the assailant was carrying Nice supporters in their vehicle and reportedly stabbed the victim in the back outside of the Saint Georges Bar, near the stadium. The assailant has subsequently turned himself in to local police.

The Nantes fan was, according to Get French Football News, a member of the club’s most ardent fan group, Brigade Loire, who regularly meet at the bar ahead of games. 

Eye witnesses claimed first responders arrived at the scene and proceeded to deliver CPR to the fan who subsequently passed away after being taken to the University Hospital of Nantes.

An FC Nantes fan has died after being stabbed ahead of their 1-0 victory against Nice 

The incident occurred at around 8.00pm on Saturday after fans clashed while on their way to the Stade de la Beaujoire

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Ouest claims that an altercation had broken out between Nantes supporters and several drivers carrying Nice fans, with some cars being shaken when the away team’s supporters were travelling along the Cours des Cinquante-Otages, one of the main roads that leads to the Stade de la Beaujoire. 

Nantes public prosecutor Renaud Gaudeul said, according to French media: ‘Shortly before 8.00pm, several vehicles carrying Nice supporters were attacked by FC Nantes supporters.  

‘During these events, in circumstances which remain to be determined, a 31-year-old man, a FC Nantes supporter, collapsed.

‘The very first forensic investigations show that the victim had a wound on his back, possibly caused by a bladed weapon.’

Nantes have issued a statement on the incident, claiming that the club was saddened to learn of the death of one of their supporters. 

The statement read: ‘In circumstances which are the subject of an ongoing legal investigation, the 31-year-old collapsed, hit in the back. Despite the intervention of emergency services, the supporter could not be saved.

‘The Public Prosecutor’s Office has announced that an investigation into intentional homicide has been opened. Numerous witness interviews are underway and will continue into the night.

‘The Club can only deplore that a person lost their life in such circumstances.

Florent Mollet scored the only goal of the match to secure victory for the Ligue 1 outfit

Nantes have released a statement online issuing their ‘sincere condolences’ to the victim’s family

‘FC Nantes would like to express its most sincere condolences to the victim’s family and those close to them.’

Nantes ended Nice’s unbeaten run in Ligue 1 after Florent Mollet’s first half strike, his third of the season, helped his side claim victory against the away team, who sit second in the French top division, just a point behind Paris Saint-Germain. 

There were muted scenes inside the stadium following the incident. 

After the game, Nantes manager Jocelyn Gourvennec said, per Ouest: ‘I only found out after the match. 

‘I can’t imagine that we come to see a football match, sometimes as a family, and that we could be between life and death. The players talked about it a lot in the locker room. We will pray for him.’


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