Brest newcomer Ronael Pierre-Gabriel was not only assaulted, but his car was destroyed by fire two weeks after he joined the Ligue 1 side on a season-long loan from Mainz.
“Last night, in the Brest neighborhood, Ronael Pierre-Gabriel was the victim of an assault and suffered injuries before his car was burned down and completely destroyed,” Brest’s statement read, per ESPN UK.
“Brest strongly condemn this event and give (their) full support to Ronael,” the statement continued.
“In a place where these events are few and far between, it’s regrettable to see these types of incidents happen to a boy who only arrived two weeks ago in Finistere and had no issues with anyone.”
The club did not offer any additional details, adding that the matter is now in the hands of authorities.
Brest : la voiture incendiée à Pontanézen appartient à un joueur du Stade Brestois
Posted by Brest Info on Monday, July 20, 2020
One fan called the incident “absolutely crazy” and “absolutely horrific”, asking French football expert Robin Bairnier whether criminals could have had any motives to carry out the chilling attack.
“None whatsoever,” replied Bairnier. “Wrong place, wrong time maybe.”
His car was an Audi RS$ that cost 85000 Euros, which comes out to over $98K USD.
Audi RS4 85 000 Euros.Brest : la voiture incendiée à Pontanézen appartient à un joueur du Stade Brestois
The 22-year-old featured eight times for Bundesliga side Mainz this season, but he didn’t appear in any of the club’s nine matches after the restart in mid-May.