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Lyon fans banned after Marseille trouble

Sunday’s
match
at
Groupama
Stadium
was
halted
after
Marseille
star
Dimitri
Payet
was
hit
by
a
bottle
hurled
by
a
spectator.

The
former
West
Ham
playmaker
was
preparing
to
take
a
corner
amid
a
hostile
atmosphere
when
he
was
struck
on
the
side
of
the
head
by
a
plastic
bottle
full
of
liquid.

Payet
went
to
ground
and
required
treatment,
with
players
taken
from
the
field
at
the
direction
of
referee
Ruddy
Buquet.

Lyon
president
Jean-Michel
Aulas
later
apologised
to
Payet
and
confirmed
a
spectator
had
been
arrested
in
connection
with
the
incident.

A
statement
from
the
Ligue
de
Football
Professionnel
said
Lyon’s
next
home
match
versus
Reims
will
be
played
without
fans,
with
a
disciplinary
committee
scheduled
to
announce
any
further
punishment
and
the
outcome
of
the
game
versus
Marseille
on
December
8.

Among
possible
further
sanctions
is
a
points
deduction,
with
Nice
having
been
docked
two,
one
of
which
was
suspended,
following
crowd
trouble
at
their
game
against
Marseille
this
season.

French
football
has
been
plagued
by
a
series
of
incidents
this
term,
starting
from
the
opening
weekend
when
Marseille
midfielder
Valentin
Rongier
was
struck
by
a
bottle
when
celebrating
a
goal
scored
by
Payet
against
Montpellier.

Payet
was
also
targeted
in
late
August
when
Nice
fans
hurled
bottles
onto
the
pitch.
Payet
threw
a
bottle
back
into
the
stands,
which
led
to
a
pitch
invasion
from
Nice
ultras.
On
that
occasion,
the
game
was
abandoned
and
replayed
behind
closes
doors
at
Troyes’ neutral
ground
in
October,
with
Nice
served
their
points
penalty.

Last
month,
Saint-Etienne
and
Angers
saw
their
fixture
delayed
by
an
hour
after
angry
supporters
hurled
flares
onto
the
pitch
and
demanded
the
resignation
of
Saint-Etienne
boss
Claude
Puel.
There
was
also
trouble
at
Saint-Etienne’s
game
against
Lyon,
while
the
meeting
between
Lens
and
Lille
in
September
was
held
up
after
rival
fans
clashed
at
half-time.

French
sports
minister
Roxana
Maracineanu
told
France
Info
radio:
“They
have
to
come
to
an
agreement,
this
kind
of
problem
is
for
the
league
to
solve.

“I
think
that
everyone
must
understand
that
it
is
the
survival
of
French
[football]
that
is
at
stake.”

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