The Sunday evening game between Lyon and Marseille had to be interrupted after a few minutes. Marseille player Payet is hit in the face by a bottle.
Olympique Lyon will host the French Ligue 1 in Marseille on Sunday evening.
The game has to be interrupted after four minutes due to fan riots.
After more than an hour, the game was finally canceled.
Just three minutes have passed when the situation in the “Choc des Olympiques”, as the duel between Lyon and Marseille is called, escalates. Marseille playmaker Dimitri Payet is hit in the head with a bottle from a corner. The guests then left the field and the game had to be interrupted. In the middle is also the national team star Xherdan Shaqiri, who is in the starting line-up at Lyon.
French football continues to make headlines with unrest and game abandonment. Olympique Lyon’s home game against Olympique Marseille had to be interrupted in the early stages on Sunday evening after the Marseille international Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a full water bottle.
After an interruption of almost two hours, the game was finally canceled entirely. The association of the French Ligue 1 (LFP) condemned the incidents in a press release «in the strongest».
The bottle thrower was caught
The President of Olympique Lyon, Jean-Michel Aulas, apologized to Marseille and Payet. Aulas spoke of an “unacceptable attack” and wished the midfielder a speedy recovery. He also pointed out that it was a single perpetrator who had been found and handed over to the authorities. Aulas was of the opinion that the game could have continued. The LFP saw the blame on the host and local authorities.
According to the LFP announcement, Payet was also “the target of discriminatory insults”. At a time when the league was regaining its attractiveness, “these repeated serious incidents are destroying the image of the championship in France and internationally,” it said.
Payet was “mentally injured,” said Marseille President Pablo Longoria. «What happens is not normal. We have always condemned all forms of violence. “
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