Emmanuel Saling, the director of the local Moselle district, explained what happened and how lengthy sanctions like this are rare:
“The events took place after the match, in the stadium car park. There was an altercation, an escalation and things got worse.”
Saling said that because the ‘case was quite original’, the disciplinary committee had called an expert witness before deciding to suspend the Soetrich player for five years.
The injured Terville player was suspended for six months.
“It’s quite rare to have sanctions of several years, there are less than 10 per year,” Saling said. “The case was a bit saucy, but … there must have been some nasty tension, so the smiles on the disciplinary committee quickly faded.”
The match ended in a 1-1 draw which would have given Terville their first point of the season but they were punished with two penalty points and a fine of 200 euros for failing to meet their safety obligations as hosts and for the lack of reaction from club officials when the fight broke out.