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Sport Ligue 1 order Lyon to play home games behind closed doors

03:40  23 november  2021
03:40  23 november  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Ligue 1 have now ordered Lyon to play behind closed doors until further notice. Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez was handed a one-year touchline ban for punching one of the Nice fans. Lens, meanwhile, were ordered to play two games at home behind closed doors after crowd trouble during their match against Lille. In September, meanwhile, Marseille and Angers fans brawled onto the pitch following a goalless draw, with rival supporters trading blows after breaching a security cordon.

Paris (AFP) – Lyon were on Monday ordered to play home games until at least December 8 behind closed doors after their Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille on the weekend was abandoned after Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a bottle. The Marseille captain required treatment after being struck on the side of the head as he prepared to take a corner for the visitors in the fifth minute of Sunday’s match at Lyon ’s Parc OL stadium, prompting both teams to return to the changing rooms. Payet, who did not train on Monday, has lodged a complaint with the Lyon public prosecutor investigating the incident

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Lyon will have to play their Ligue 1 games behind closed doors pending an investigation into the crowd trouble that prompted Sunday's match against Marseille.

The game was called off almost two hours after Marseille's Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the Groupama Stadium's stands after five minutes.

The former West Ham midfielder was about to take a corner kick in front of the home fans when he was hit by the bottle, immediately clutching his head in his hands and taking a few gingerly steps, before falling onto the turf.

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The Marseille players and referee Ruddy Buquet immediately rushed over to attend to the France international, while Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes remonstrated with the home fans.

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Lyon were on Monday ordered to play home games until at least December 8 behind closed doors after their Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille on the weekend was abandoned after Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a bottle. The Marseille captain required treatment after being struck on the side of The game between Nice and Marseille in August was halted with 15 minutes left and replayed in its entirety two months later on neutral ground in Troyes and without fans. Nice were also ordered to play three games behind closed doors . Lens incurred a similar punishment following a pitch invasion during

Lyon 's first home Champions League group-stage game will be played behind closed doors as a result of crowd trouble against CSKA Moscow last season, UEFA has confirmed. The governing body charged the French club under multiple counts, including throwing of objects, setting off of fireworks, crowd disturbances, racist behaviour and blocking stairways. As a result, UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) has fined Lyon €100,000 and determined that the next European game they host must be played without fans in attendance. A ban for another home fixture has been deferred for

Payet eventually got to his feet and was treated by Marseille's medical staff, while the referee suspended the game before eventually opting to abandon the match altogether after a suspension of almost two hours.

Lyon authorities had initially ruled the game would restart, a decision which was communicated to fans by the stadium announcer.

The disagreement led to chaotic scenes, with Lyon players returning to the pitch to warm up while their opponents remained in the dressing room and the match was eventually called off.

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said repeated crowd problems are putting French football's future in jeopardy.

Dimitri Payet hit by water bottle thrown from the stands by Lyon fans

  Dimitri Payet hit by water bottle thrown from the stands by Lyon fans The Ligue 1 clash between Lyon and Olympique Marseille was suspended early in the first half after Dimitri Payet was struck in the head by a bottle thrown from the stands. The former West Ham midfielder was about to take a corner kick in front of the home fans at the Groupama Stadium, when he was hit by an object launched towards the pitch. Payet immediately appeared hurt, clutching his head in his hands and taking a few gingerly steps, before falling onto the turf. © Provided by Daily Mail ( Lyon vs.

The disciplinary commission for the French League (LFP) have said Lyon must play their Ligue 1 games behind closed doors until a ruling is made on Sunday evening's abandoned match against Marseille. Definitive sanctions are expected to be made by December 8 with Lyon 's next home We think the game could have resumed without any problem." Lyon said in a statement on Monday "they want the criminal and administrative sanctions to be exemplary". "The institution intends to be able to strike off the individual for life if the league and the courts give the club the means to do so," read the

Olympique Lyonnais will have to play their Ligue 1 games behind closed doors pending an investigation into the crowd trouble that prompted Sunday's match against Olympique de Marseille to be abandoned, the French League (LFP) said on Monday. 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.

'They have to come to an agreement, this kind of problem is for the League to solve,' Maracineanu told France Info radio on Monday.

The interior ministry added that the French federation and the LFP have been summoned to the meeting.

'Everyone must understand that it's the survival of French soccer that's at stake,' Maracineanu said.

Ligue 1 has been marred by crowd trouble this season, with several incidents involving Marseille.

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In August, Payet was struck by a projectile towards the end of the second half of his team's clash with fierce rivals Nice.

He reacted angrily and had to be held back by some of his teammates, but still managed to throw the bottle back into the stands.

The gesture sparked an angry reaction from Nice fans, who breached the security cordon formed by the stewards and stepped onto the pitch to confront the former Hammers man.

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Lyon were on Monday ordered to play home games until at least December 8 behind closed doors after their Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille on the weekend was abandoned after Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a bottle.

Lyon were on Monday ordered to play home games until at least December 8 behind closed doors after their Ligue 1 fixture against Marseille on the weekend was abandoned after Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a bottle. The French professional football league (LFP) said that "in light of the serious incident that occurred during the match", its disciplinary committee had opened an investigation and, as a precaution, ruled that all games at the Parc OL stadium be played behind closed doors until a ruling is made, which will not come before December 8th.

As furious supporters stepped onto the pitch, the referee was forced to suspend the game, while Marseille players and staff stepped in to defend Payet and a fight broke out involving players and staff from both teams, fans and stewards.

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Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez was handed a one-year touchline ban for punching one of the Nice fans.

Lens, meanwhile, were ordered to play two games at home behind closed doors after crowd trouble during their match against Lille.

In September, meanwhile, Marseille and Angers fans brawled onto the pitch following a goalless draw, with rival supporters trading blows after breaching a security cordon.

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