French league game abandoned after player hit in head by water bottle thrown from crowd

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Payette had made his way to a set piece in the fifth minute of Ligue 1. Play At the Gruppa Stadium in Lyon, but as he lined up to send the ball into the box, a bottle thrown from the stand hit the back of his head.
Referee Rudy Bouche instructed teams After Payette’s treatment, Lyon players tried to defuse the atmosphere by going to their respective dressing rooms.

Although it looked like the game might start again. The stadium announcer said play would resume but warned that another incident would cause the game to be abandoned.

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Lyon players entered the field to warm up, but Marseille’s team remained in their dressing room.

After a wait of nearly two hours, the game was called off at around 10:45 pm local time.

Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulasso said On the club’s official Twitter account: “We send our apologies.”

“The culprit was immediately informed and caught. This is a separate act,” Aulas continued. “After a fairly lengthy discussion, a decision was made by Mr. Bukket. When there are 55,000 people in a stadium, caution must be exercised. The referee called everyone a second time to announce that they had changed their mind.

“The match was adjourned after an hour and a half. Our players returned to warm-up and followed Mr. Bouquet’s orders. Then the referee changed his mind and they returned to the locker room. They sensibly waited for the verdict And it is accepted. The perpetrator has been arrested. The person in question was isolated. It is a pity that a generality has been drawn from this.”

Professional Football League (LFP) released A statement in which she called the incident a “cowardly assault”, as well as saying that Pete was also a victim of “discrimination of a nature”.
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“Despite the persistence of the decisions of the LFP’s disciplinary commission since the start of the season (points deduction, matches behind closed doors, closed stands) and working with the government to more effectively sanction violent individuals in stadiums For now, these new serious incidents serve as a reminder that the responsibility for the safety of matches rests with the host club and local authorities, for whom the final decision is whether matches will resume or be definitively stopped. ,” it said.

“At a time when Ligue 1 is becoming increasingly lucrative on Uber Eats pitches, these serious and repeated incidents are destroying the image of the league in France and internationally.”

It said the LFP’s disciplinary commission would hold an emergency meeting on Monday following “new and extremely serious incidents”.

The incident continues a series of fan incidents that took place in France this season.

this is second time This season Payet has been hit by a bottle thrown from the stand.

On 22 August, in a game against Nice, Payette hit a bottle on his back, which he threw back into the crowd.

Payette’s teammates lvaro González and Matteo Guandouzi rushed to his support, while Nice captain Dante attempted to defuse the situation.

In the match on 22 August, Payette reacts as players from Nice and Marseille stop a fan attacking the pitch.

Amid rising tension, security staff tried to stop the fans, but they eventually collapsed on the pitch, leading to a scuffle between supporters, players and both sets of coaching staff.

As a result, Nice were handed a two-point penalty, one of which was suspended, and ordered to replay their league match against Marseille.

Payette and Gonzalez were subsequently sanctioned with suspensions of one and two games respectively.

Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez has also been banned until the end of June 2022.

The second half of the derby match between Lens and Lille was delayed by almost half an hour after fans threw missiles at each other as well as spectators making their way onto the pitch.


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