Santos Mirasierra,the well-known Olympique Marseille ultra detained by Spanish police in 2008 following incidents at the Vicente Calderon spoke to Spanish radio station Onda Madrid as worries focus on the Europa League final in Lyon with threats emerging from certain OM supporter groups that they plan to "destroy Lyon".
What happened at the Vicente Calderón?
I was trying to protect our banner from being taken away by the police who claimed it was of a racist nature. Anyone who knows our group will testify that this is far from the case. I was trying to protect a female member of the group and the police claim I attacked them with a seat which was a lie by the authorities.
How long were you in prison for?
In Spain for two months and then four months in France and I had a stadium ban for a year.
Were you surprised that Zidane spoke out in your favour?
I never met with Zidane and admit i was surprised when he defended me. Having said that he's from Marseille despite having never played for OM and knows many people connected with the club.
Do you envisage problems at the Lyon final with Atlético fans?
What happened in 2008 was not with supporters connected with Atlético Madrid but with the police. The media later came out with all sorts of stories but nothing happened.
They say the Marseille ultras are the most violent in Europa, is that the case?
It's far from the case. In Spain it's perceived that if you light a flare, then you must be of a violent nature. violence is focused on fighting, not pyro displays.