Sport Lyon to play behind closed doors as Payet lodges official complaint
Lyon against Marseille after bottle throw interrupted
Lyon. The French first-division game between Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille has been broken down after a bottle throw on guest player Dimitri Payet after just a few minutes later and then later canceled. © Laurent Cipriani Dimitri Payet (blue jersey) leaves the field after being sensed with a bottle. In French football, the misconduct of spectators once again led to consequences.
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, a Marseille club official told AFP.
payet complains, the OM supports it
touched in full bottle jet Sunday evening at OL-OM, Dimitri Payet decided to complain. His club will constitute civil part. © Provided by Football 365 Dimitri Payet - Houssem AOUAR Victim of an inconsiderate gesture from a spectator in the fourth minute of the Ligue 1 match that opposed Olympique Lyon at Olympique de Marseille, Dimitri Payet remains shocked.
"He was very scared and he's fed up," the official said.
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 8.
It means there will be no fans for Lyon's home Ligue 1 match against Reims, scheduled on December 1. Lyon are away to Montpellier and Bordeaux in Ligue 1 action on November 28 and December 5 respectively, with a trip to Denmark to take on Brondby in the Europa League on Thursday.
France's Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu will meet Tuesday with representatives from the LFP and the French football federation to see "what must be done".
The target Dimitri Payet
© supplied by Sofoot from Lyon to cross the iron with its best enemy and give love for 90 minutes, Dimitri Payet has only passed two on the ground ... before have to return to the infirmary, after receiving a bottle in full on the skull. A sad habit for Reunionese, who symbolizes the current quagmire in the courts of League 1.
LFP chief Vincent Labrune, the former president of Marseille, said he was "shocked and furious".
"It's urgent to launch a big national consultation concerning violence in stadiums. This gangrene is going to kill us," he said in an interview with French sports daily L'Equipe.
- Recurring problem -
Video: Lyon v Marseille abandoned after Payet hit by bottle (Reuters)
It is the latest incident in a Ligue 1 season that has been rocked by incidents involving spectators.
An individual was arrested and taken into custody after being identified by stadium security cameras following the Payet incident, police told AFP.
Lyon added that the 32-year-old male protagonist was neither a member of a fan club nor a season ticket holder.
He will appear in court on Tuesday after being remanded in custody.
Two other men, both 18, who were arrested after the disturbance were released without charge while a 17-year-old boy will face a child court for possession of a smoke bomb.
French ministers to meet football chiefs after Payet incident
The French ministers of the interior and sports are to meet with football chiefs on Tuesday after the Marseille v Lyon Ligue 1 fixture 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. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu will meet with representatives from the French football league and the French football federation to see "what must be done".
Payet, who had been heckled by Lyon supporters while warming up before kick-off, was also hit by a bottle during a game at Nice in August.
Nice were docked a point after the incident with Marseille, who last week were ordered to play their next home game behind closed doors after trouble during last month's clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Payet had called for calm from supporters ahead of the match against PSG on October 24, but his appeal fell on deaf ears as both Neymar and Lionel Messi were targeted by projectiles.
"He's the only player who's put himself forward over this issue (of crowd trouble) and he did it on his own initiative," said the Marseille club official.
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 September's northern derby against Lille.
"I don't imagine we won't replay the match," said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas, calling demands for the club to face a point deduction as being in "bad faith".
AULAS About OL-OM: "I do not see how we could give us lost match" .
© provided by Sofoot Aulas defends his steak. Nine days after the interruption of Lyon-Marseille for security reasons, Jean-Michel Aulas returns on the incidents that took place in his stadium.