Roazhon Celtic Kop, the main group of supporters of Stade Rennais, has suspended its activities after the theft of a tarp and the assault of one of its members. Parisian ultras would be at the origin of these misdeeds.
The atmosphere is gloomy at Stade Rennais, despite the cardboard made by Bruno Genesio’s men against Clermont (6-0) in the middle of the week. The Rouge et Noir will have to do without the encouragement of Roazhon Celtic Kop, the main group of supporters of the Breton club, which has suspended its activities for an indefinite period. For anything but sporty reasons.
“The reason which leads us to take this heavy decision is the theft of our home tarpaulin in circumstances worthy of ambush on one of our members and which directly affect the safety of his family”, explains the RCK in a press release.
— Roazhon Celtic Kop (@RCK1991) September 24, 2021
According to Ouest-France, it is supporters of Paris Saint-Germain, whose club was playing in Dijon the same evening, who are guilty of this mischief. “After the river match against Clermont (6-0), a small group of supporters identified as ultra Parisians followed the member of the RCK who was responsible for bringing the tarpaulin back to his home”, explains the regional daily, which evokes an attack with tear gas.
The home tarpaulin, known as the “totem tarpaulin”, is a very strong symbol among groups of ultra supporters. The origin of this theft could be a fight between supporters of the two clubs during the final of the Coupe de France, two years ago, won by Stade Rennais.
“These behaviors are becoming unbearable for football. It happened in Rennes, it’s been happening in stadiums since the start of the season. It is high time, high time that our authorities take all this seriously, railed Bruno Genesio at a press conference. For a few morons, we penalize a lot of people who come to the stadium to encourage their team, to experience emotions, we need the public. But also the supporters of opposing teams. “
After the unfortunate events that affected a member of the supporters’ association, Roazhon Celtic Kop, the club addresses its full support to the victim and condemns any act of violence.
– Stade Rennais FC (@staderennais) September 24, 2021