Lyon v Marseille abandoned after Payet hit by bottle

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LYON, France, Nov 21 (Reuters) – The Ligue 1 recreation between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille was abandoned after Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle hurled from the stands on the Groupama Stadium on Sunday, throwing France’s Ligue 1 into contemporary turmoil.

Payet fell to the bottom as he was on the brink of take a nook kick after 5 minutes, and each groups have been despatched to the dressing room by referee Ruddy Buquet, who then determined to desert the match after a suspension of just about two hours.

Payet, who in line with the French League (LFP) was additionally topic to “discriminatory insults”, left the pitch with an ice pack on his head.

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The stadium’s announcer had initially stated that the sport would restart, following a choice made by native Lyon authorities.

This was instantly criticised by the LFP in an announcement, during which the physique additionally stated it was summoning an emergency assembly of its disciplinary fee on Monday.

In chaotic scenes, Lyon gamers took to the pitch to heat up, however Jorge Sampaoli’s Marseille stayed within the dressing room and the match was ultimately known as off.

“The referee believes safety conditions are not met,” the stadium announcer stated.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas criticised the choice to desert the match.

“The referee first said that the game could restart and he changed his mind after the violent reaction of Marseille, notably that of their coach,” Aulas stated.

“I believe the conditions were met to resume the game after the individual had been arrested. He is in police custody.”

His Marseille counterpart Pablo Longoria stated Payet was “psychologically affected” by the incident and defined that the membership had requested Buquet to examine on their gamers earlier than doubtlessly resuming the sport.

“We asked him to check on our players’ psychological state. He did not wish to go and see the players.”

The referee stated that his “sporting decision” was to not restart the sport, however there have been different components to take note of. “It’s a full stadium, players to evacuate,” he stated.

“My decision was to call off the game. We have to take our responsibilities and that’s what I did tonight.”

Ligue 1 has been marred by crowd bother this season.

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

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

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

“We now have to sit down all together and discuss so that these incidents do not happen again,” stated Longoria.

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Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - November 21, 2021  Olympique de Marseille's Dimitri Payet is hit by a water bottle thrown by a fan 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

Soccer Football - Ligue 1 - Olympique Lyonnais v Olympique de Marseille - Groupama Stadium, Lyon, France - November 21, 2021  Olympique de Marseille's Dimitri Payet is hit by a water bottle thrown by a fan REUTERS/Benoit Tessier