Lyon fans are banned from attending their side’s home games until at least December 8 as a result of fan disorder that halted their clash with Marseille.
’s Ligue 1 match againstMarseille
was called off after four minutes when Marseille strikerDimitri Payet
was hit by a bottle thrown from a spectator as he went to take a corner.
went to the ground and required treatment, with players taken from the field at the direction of referee
The Ligue 1 side confirmed the man who threw the bottle was identified via cameras and handed over to police after being removed by stewards.
has apologized to formerWest Ham
“We send him our apologies. The perpetrator was immediately reported and caught. It’s an isolated act,”
said in quotes posted onLyon’s Twitter account
A statement from the Ligue de Football Professionnel said Lyon will have to play their next home game againstReims
behind closed doors, with a disciplinary committee scheduled to announce any further punishment on December 8.
A points deduction is one of the possible additional sanctions, withNice
having already been docked two, one of which was suspended, following crowd trouble at their game against Marseille this season.
French sports minister
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."
"What happened in Lyon is unacceptable. We need sanctions and a general, immediate and radical awareness of all soccer actors."
"Dimitri Payet has my full support,"
"We cannot allow players to be assaulted in this way. Such acts should result in an automatic stoppage of games at the very least."
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