Young defender Pierre-Gabriel assaulted and has car set on fire two weeks after joining Ligue 1 side Brest

 BREST defender Ronael Pierre-Gabriel had his £77,000 Mercedes set alight and was assaulted by thugs just two weeks after joining the club.

The 22-year-old only joined the French side on a season-long loan from Mainz earlier this month.

Ronael Pierre-Gabriel had his £77,000 Mercedes set on fire

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Ronael Pierre-Gabriel had his £77,000 Mercedes set on fire

But ESPN write how the defender was attacked in the Brest neighbourhood in what is believed to be an unprovoked attack.

A statement posted online from the club read: “Last night, in the Brest neighbourhood, Ronael Pierre-Gabriel was the victim of an assault and suffered injuries before his car was burned down and completely destroyed.

“Brest strongly condemn this event and give its full support to Ronael.

“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.”

His Mercedes was totally destroyed but the Mainz manager suggested that his injuries are not severe.

Rouven Schröder told Bild: “We know that he has not been severely injured.

“We cannot talk deeper because the investigation has been carried out.

“We expect the attackers to be found and sentenced to the necessary punishment.”

Gabriel came through the youth academy at Saint-Etienne before a brief switch to Monaco.

He then moved to Mainz in 2019 but made just eight league appearances before sealing his loan switch to Brest.

They finished the campaign in 14th after league chiefs cancelled the season over coronavirus fears.

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