former international Tony Vairelles sentenced to 5 years in prison, 2 of which are suspended for violence with a weapon

The former Blue was convicted of violence with a weapon committed ten years earlier when leaving a nightclub.

Return through the prison box. The former striker of the French football team, Tony Vairelles, was sentenced on Monday to 5 years in prison, including 2 suspended sentences, by the Nancy court for violence with a weapon committed ten years earlier when leaving Paris. a nightclub.

His three brothers were also sentenced to prison terms: 5 years including 2 suspended sentences also for Fabrice Vairelles and 3 years including 2 suspended sentences for Jimmy and Giovan. They were tried for having opened fire and injured three nightclub security guards in Essey-lès-Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle) in 2011. Fabrice, Jimmy, Giovan and Tony Vairelles answered “violence in meetings, with premeditation and with a weapon“, and risked up to ten years in prison and a fine of 150,000 euros.

Tony Vairelles on March 21, 2022 at the Nancy court FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP

Tony Vairelles, 49, eight times selected with the France team

The three security guards were given suspended prison sentences: three months for one and four months for the other two. They were prosecuted for violence in meetings with weapons, in this case “a tear gas canister, security barriers and a truncheon“. The councils of Vairelles had also pleaded the nullity of the procedure, arguing the slowness of the investigation which saw four successive examining magistrates in ten years, a request rejected by the court.

During the trial, the public prosecutor, François Pérain, had requested three years in prison against Tony Vairelles, three years also against his brother Fabrice and 6 months in prison for Giovan and Jimmy. The prosecution had also requested a four-month suspended sentence for one of the security guards, and the release for the other two, recognizing self-defense. Tony Vairelles, now 49, was selected eight times for the France team, from 1998 to 2000 (1 goal). A colorful striker with the famous “mule cut”, he notably wore the colors of Lens, Lyon, Bordeaux,


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