Chaotic scenes surrounded the Ligue 1 match between Lens and Lille when militants from the home side invaded the pitch.
Lens supporters marched towards traveling Lille fans in a shameful act of intimidation, delaying the start of the second half.
Riot police were called to the incident and the crunch derby game was delayed by about 90 minutes.
The 3 pm kick-off finally started at 5.30 pm, almost 90 minutes late.
French journalist Amin Mohamed said: “Two minutes before the attack, Lille supporters provoked Lens (fans) by pretending to climb the gates.
“Lens supporters cross the pitch towards the spectators’ stand.
“Right before, Lilly threw projectiles over the grid which separated her from the lens supporters.”
Once play resumed, Przemysaw Francoski scored in the 74th minute to give Lens the lead.
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The ugly scenes come just weeks after fans of Marseille and Nice produced a similar scene.
It started after a Nice supporter launched a bottle at Dimitri Pet.
The former West Ham man threw it back into the stands, causing chaos as home supporters made their way down the pitch.
After a massive scuffle – which resulted in bleeding from the stomach and strangulation marks on his teammate Matteo Guandouzzi – the Marseille team refused to proceed after a 90-minute delay.
The regrettable episode injured several players, including Marseille trio Guandouzzi, Payet and Luan Pérez.
Nice was docked at one point and after a violent brawl was ordered to play more games behind the doors.
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