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Crowd problems put future of French football at danger, says minister

PARIS, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Repeated crowd problems in Ligue 1 are placing the future of French soccer at danger, French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu stated after Sunday’s sport between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique Marseille was deserted attributable to fan violence.

The French “Olympico” was referred to as off virtually two hours after being suspended when Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the Groupama Stadium stands.

Referee Ruddy Buquet despatched the gamers to the dressing room after Payet fell to the bottom as he was making ready to take a nook kick.

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The stadium announcer initially stated the match would restart, following a choice made by native Lyon authorities. This was criticised by the French League (LFP), which referred to as for an emergency assembly of its disciplinary fee on Monday.

It will possible announce provisional sanctions pending a full investigation that might final at least two weeks.

“They have to come to an agreement, this kind of problem is for the League to solve,” Maracineanu instructed France Info radio on Monday, her workplace later telling Reuters the sports and inside ministries would meet over the matter on Tuesday.

“Everyone must understand that it’s the survival of French soccer that’s at stake.”

Ligue 1 has been marred by fan violence this season.

Nice have been docked two factors, one of them suspended, after severe incidents throughout their sport in August in opposition to Marseille, whose gamers clashed with dwelling followers who pelted them with missiles and stormed onto the pitch. .

The northern derby between RC Lens and Lille was hit by crowd problems in September, with the beginning of the second half delayed after rival followers threw objects at one another earlier than individuals ran on to the pitch, prompting riot police and stewards to intervene.

There has additionally been crowd hassle in Montpellier, Angers, Marseille and St Etienne.

Maracineanu stated the incidents have been a risk to French skilled soccer’s funds.

“We can’t allow that a broadcaster who has bought rights must keep the conversation moving for more than an hour like they did last night when we don’t know if the match is going to continue, it’s a world where millions of euros are at stake,” she stated.

“We’ve helped the soccer world during the health crisis to allow the return of fans in the stadiums, we can’t allow things like that to happen.”

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Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Ed Osmond and Shrivathsa Sridhar

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - November 21, 2021  Fans leaving the stadium after Olympique de Marseille's Dimitri Payet was hit by a water bottle thrown by a fan, causing the match to be suspended. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - November 21, 2021  Olympique de Marseille's Dimitri Payet goes down after being hit by a water bottle thrown by a fan leading to the game being interrupted REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - November 21, 2021  Olympique de Marseille's Matteo Guendouzi reacts after Dimitri Payet goes down after being hit by a water bottle thrown by a fan leading to the game being interrupted REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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