Supporters of French side Ajaccio reportedly attacked an eight-year-old Marseille fan that has brain cancer in disgusting scenes on their final game of the Ligue 1 season. The boy and his father were attacked at the Stade Francois Coty on Saturday as fan trouble overshadowed the match.
Kenzo was invited to the Stade Francois Coty to watch his favourite team, Marseille, face Ajaccio by the home club. However, the experience took a turn for the worst when enraged supporters broke into the box he was sitting in because he was wearing a Marseille shirt.
Speaking to Corse-Matin about the incident, Kenzo’s mother Amadine explained: “Since we thought we were safe, I allowed Kenzo to put on his shirt, my husband took him by the hand to show him the players walking onto the field. And everything went wrong.
“They pushed my son and his head hit the railing. They hit my husband in the face, ripped off the little one’s shirt and went to burn it. Before leaving the dressing room, they even spat in the food that was on the floor at our disposal.
“Kenzo is well aware that he is very seriously ill, he is losing his sight due to his tumour and he said to me: ‘Before I see nothing more, I want to see OM in Ajaccio’… These fools traumatised him.”
Following the match, which they won 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Clement Vidal, Ajaccio released a statement condemning the actions of their supporters and explaining that they would not shy away from the incident. It read: “Kenzo and his family were invited so that the child could realise his dream during the match this evening. The dream quickly turned into a nightmare when Kenzo and his parents, who came in the colours of Marseille, were shamefully abused by individuals who broke into their dressing room. Alerted (to the incident), the security of the club intervened.
”Kenzo and his family were taken care of by the club’s security and escorted to the changing room area so that the child could fulfil his dream. These individuals in no way represent the values of our club and our island.
“Even the most extreme stupidity cannot excuse these behaviours! The club strongly condemns these unspeakable acts! AC Ajaccio will shed full light on these shameful actions. As soon as the individuals have been identified by our services, we will file a complaint against them. AC Ajaccio is in solidarity with little Kenzo and his parents.”
Ajaccio staff took Kenzo to meet the Marseille squad after the match, with former Arsenal star Matteo Guendouzi spending time with the young supporter in the hope of giving him a positive moment to remember on a torrid evening for the family.