Affaire Veretout : le nouveau joueur de l’OM ciblé par des accusations diffamatoires

Affaire Veretout : le nouveau joueur de l'OM ciblé par des accusations diffamatoires

Jordan Veretout during an AS Roma match at the Olympic stadium in Rome, on May 14, 2022. Andrea Staccioli / Insidefoto / PANORAMIC

On social media, the French international footballer is accused by some Marseille supporters of having “supported” his father-in-law, convicted in 2021 of sexual assault. The father-in-law’s attorney and the victim’s attorney respond to the Figaro.

About to sign for Olympique de Marseille from AS Roma, soccer player Jordan Veretout finds himself at the center of a lively controversy born on social networks. In question, a legal case -tried in May 2021-, which concerns his in-laws.

On August 2, an anonymous Twitter account, posing as a Marseille supporter, published a post titled “Important: the truth about the Veretout family“, accompanied by the hashtag”VeretoutNotWelcometo oppose the player’s arrival at OM.

Sabrina Veretout, wife of Jordan Veretout, as well as all her sisters, have denied her little sister because she denounced her father when he raped her (…) It should be noted that Jordan Veretout paid for his wife’s father, at Sabrina’s request, avoids the prison. In fact, instead of doing the required 4 years, he only did 2 years. Jordan pays his lawyer and therefore indirectly endorses what his wife’s father did“, indicates the publication. A fabric of libelous accusations still broadcast by many OM fans, with a hashtag emerging: “VeretoutNotWelcome“.

Given the controversy, the president of the club, Pablo Longoria, is questioned on the subject during a press conference on Wednesday, August 3. “I ask a question: is he doomed? (…) A rumour, that is a reflection of current life. Social networks, someone puts one thing, everyone must follow. Popularly judging someone on conjecture, is that morally acceptable?“Question the president of OM.

The player’s father-in-law sentenced in May 2021

Jordan Veretout’s stepfather was sentenced by the courts in May 2021 for sexually assaulting one of his daughters. Then, aged 75, he received two years in prison from the Saint-Nazaire Criminal Court, while the prosecutor had asked for four years in prison. The septuagenarian’s sentence has been adjusted. In French law, when the sentence is less than or equal to two years, it can be adjusted if the situation and the personality of the sentenced person allow it. This is the usual operation of justice. The anonymous follower’s complaint that Jordan Veretout paid “for his wife’s father to avoid jailit is completely unfounded.

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The charges against the stepfather date back to July 2017 when the complainant, one of his daughters, was a minor. an article of Mail of Pays de Retz recounts the trial. “On July 31, 2017, in Préfailles (Loire-Atlantique), in the middle of the night, while she was sleeping in the motorhome with her father, and her brother was in the kitchen area, the young woman came out crying. She calls her mother, one of her sisters: “she touched me again”», relates the article. He also denounces other touching that he would have initiated since he was 13 years old.

From then on, this family of Portuguese origin was torn apart. First believed, the young woman is ultimately shunned by the entire family, including Jordan Veretout’s wife (who is one of her sisters, editor’s note), who takes up her father’s cause. The young woman is expelled and family ties are completely broken.

My client’s daughters paid me

I Joseph Cohen-Sabban, attorney for father-in-law convicted in May 2021

lamenting”a hateful controversy“, the father-in-law’s lawyer, Me Joseph Cohen-Sabban, recalls that Jordan Veretout”has never been directly or indirectly involved in this matter“. The player’s name does not appear at any time in this file that concerns his in-laws and whose events date back to 2017.I never met him and never spoke to him. I was paid by my client’s daughters, who supported his father from start to finish.Joseph Cohen-Sabban also assures me Figaro. Me Marie-Cécile Nathan, former collaborator of Me Joseph Cohen-Sabban and attorney for the father-in-law during the May 2021 trial, tells us for her part that she has “there are no statements to make on this case“.

Therefore, there is no tangible element to confirm that Jordan Veretout would have paid his father-in-law’s lawyers, as indicated by the publication of the anonymous supporter that has gone viral. Even if he did, that doesn’t mean he “endorses” what his wife’s father did. In France, the recourse and assistance of a lawyer in court proceedings constitute a constitutional right.

joined by The FigaroMe Pierre Huriet, the lawyer of the sexually assaulted girl, explains to us that “your client does not want to be involved in this story“.”We discovered this controversy. My client has nothing to contribute. The facts regarding her father were established and she was recognized as her victim. She wants to be calm and rebuild. She never knew directly or indirectly who paid her father’s lawyers, she is not interested“, concludes the lawyer.

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