Nice and Marseille have been summoned to a disciplinary listening to on Wednesday after their Ligue 1 match on Sunday needed to be abandoned due to crowd trouble, the French skilled league (LFP) stated.
The match at Good’s Allianz Riviera was deserted within the seventy fifth minute after Marseille gamers clashed with dwelling followers who pelted them with missiles and stormed onto the pitch.
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Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet was struck by a bottle thrown by Good supporters as he was about to take a nook. After he hurled the bottle again at them, a full-scale brawl ensued when among the followers rushed onto the sphere.
“These followers ought to clearly by no means have been allowed to get onto the pitch,” French Sports activities Minister Roxana Maracineanu advised BFM TV, including that the difficulty was all of the extra regrettable given how sports activities venues had been empty for a number of months because of COVID-19 well being protocols. “These incidents are an insult for sport and soccer.”
The difficulty was additionally condemned by Christian Estrosi, the mayor for town of Good.
“This violence is unacceptable. Sanctions have to be taken by the French soccer league as soon as they’ve came upon who was accountable,” Estrosi stated.
The clashes tarnished the picture of France’s Ligue 1 simply because the league hoped to win extra viewers internationally following the arrival of Argentina worldwide Lionel Messi at Paris Saint-Germain.
Gamers from each Good and Marseille retreated to the tunnel and play was held up for 90 minutes earlier than referee Benoit Bastien declared the match deserted. Good gamers had returned to the pitch shortly earlier than the match was known as off however Marseille’s line-up refused to affix them.
Good president Jean-Pierre Rivere had appealed for calm over the stadium’s public handle system through the delay however indignant Marseille gamers and workers refused to hold on.
Marseille president Pablo Longoria stated the membership had determined to not proceed with the match regardless of a choice by the soccer authorities that play ought to resume.
Revere partially blamed Payet and his crew mate Alvaro Gonzalez for the chaos after they retaliated by hurling bottles again at Good followers and accused Marseille workers of hitting among the dwelling gamers.
Nonetheless, Benoit Payan — the mayor for town of Marseille — backed his membership’s choice to not resume the match.
“Happy with my crew for not being ready to participate on this masquerade,” Payan wrote on Twitter.