LYON, France (Reuters) – The sport between Olympique Lyonnais and Olympique de Marseille was deserted after Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle hurled from the stands on the Groupama Stadium on Sunday, throwing France’s Ligue 1 into recent turmoil.
Payet fell to the bottom as he was on the brink of take a nook kick after 5 minutes, and each groups have been despatched to the dressing room by referee Ruddy Buquet, who determined to desert the match after a suspension of virtually two hours.
Payet, who in line with the French League (LFP) was additionally topic to ‘discriminatory feedback’, left the pitch with an ice pack on his head.
The stadium’s announcer initially stated that the sport would restart and Lyon took to the pitch to heat up.
Jorge Sampaoli’s Marseille gamers, nevertheless, stayed within the dressing room, earlier than the match was finally referred to as off.
“The referee believes security situations will not be met,” the stadium announcer stated.
Ligue 1 has been marred by crowd hassle this season.
Good have been docked two factors, one among them suspended, after critical incidents throughout their recreation towards Marseille, whose gamers clashed with residence followers who pelted them with missiles and stormed onto the pitch in August.
The northern derby between RC Lens and Lille was additionally hit by crowd issues in September, with the beginning of the second half being delayed by about half a hour after rival followers threw objects at one another earlier than individuals ran on to the pitch, prompting riot police and stewards to intervene.
There has additionally been crowd hassle in Montpellier, Angers, Marseille and St Etienne.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Modifying by Toby Davis)