Nice-Marseille Ligue 1 match abandoned after bottle thrown and ‘players attacked’

The French Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille was abandoned on Sunday when fans of the home team invaded the pitch and angrily confronted opponent Dimitri Payet, who had thrown a bottle into the crowd, before a ugly fight involving the players. and spectators.

Marseille ultimately refused to restart the match and club officials claimed that the safety of their players could not be guaranteed.

Trouble at the Allianz Riviera stadium erupted in the 75th minute when Marseille star Payet, who had been attacked with plastic bottles every time he took a corner, threw one at Nice fans.

Angry home fans took to the field and threatened Payet.

In the melee, Álvaro González and Matteo Guendouzi from Marsella ran towards the end of the court to face the fans.

The good captain Dante tried to calm the angry followers.

A security cordon of stewards, dressed in yellow vests, tried to stop the invasion of the field before a fight broke out between the players of the two teams, the fans and the staff.

Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli was restricted by his staff and players.

The referee then led both teams to the safety of the locker room.

Serious incident in Nice-Marseille. Payet hit by a bottle, throws it back into the crowd, supporters charge onto the field to confront the players. OM players clearly furious. pic.twitter.com/sQd8E3VaTF

– Robin Bairner (@RBairner) August 22, 2021

Eighty minutes after the game was suspended, Nice, who were leading with a goal from Kasper Dolberg, said they wanted to restart.

Marseille, however, wanted the game to stop for good.

“The authorities made the decision to resume the match, but Marseille does not want to,” Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere told Prime Video broadcaster.

According to a source, referee Benoit Bastien also opposed the restart.

Eventually, the match was abandoned when the Marseille team refused to continue.

‘Players attacked’

“Our players were attacked,” Marseille president Pablo Longoria said.

“The league wanted the game to restart. We decided for the safety of our players, who were attacked during the invasion of the field, not to restart it because the safety of our players was not guaranteed.”

“The referee was with us, confirmed to Jorge Sampaoli and me that safety was not guaranteed and decided to stop the game.”

President 𝗣𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗼 𝗟𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗮 spoke after the incidents that occurred tonight at the Allianz Riviera. #OGCNOM pic.twitter.com/k3v1upiCcW

– Olympique de Marseille 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 (@OM_English) August 22, 2021

Marseille’s first 3-2 win in Montpellier two weeks ago was also delayed when fans threw bottles onto the field.

That clash at Montpellier’s Stade Mosson came to a halt in the 89th minute after Marseille substitute Valentin Rongier received a blow to the head.

Earlier Sunday, Lyon coach Peter Bosz said his team made mistakes as a “U-12” team by letting a two-goal lead slip away to draw 3-3 at home against the new boys in French Ligue 1. , Clermont.

Kosovo visiting winger Elbasan Rashani scored twice in the final 10 minutes after Bosz’s side won 3-1 at half-time.

Lyon were booed off the pitch by their full-time supporters as Dutchman Bosz, who joined in the closed season after a stint at Bayer Leverkusen, remains without a win in three games this season.

“I saw things that you don’t even see at the under-12 level. It’s a trust issue,” Bosz said.

Moussa Dembélé, 25, who spent the last part of last season on loan at Atlético de Madrid, cheered on the 34,000 spectators when he opened his account for the new campaign after just five minutes from the penalty spot after being fouled. by Johan Gastien.

Seven minutes later, the Auvergne side were tied when Lyon defender Sinaly Diomande scored his own goal.

Bosz’s team took control again after 20 minutes with Dembélé claiming his second after VAR was used to check for an offside.

Delort delight

The hosts’ best goal came in first-half stoppage time, when Brazilian pair Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta combined sublimely before Paqueta gently finished off to the bottom corner.

With 10 minutes to go, Clermont, in his first season in the French top flight, cut the deficit when Rashani claimed his first goal since joining the club from Erzurumspor in July.

The comeback was completed after 91 minutes as Sweden-born Rashani headed home from a cross from Gastien.

On Saturday, champion Lille drew 1-1 with Saint-Etienne and, like Lyon, are still without a win.

On Friday, Paris Saint-Germain posted three wins out of three as Kylian Mbappé and Angel di Maria scored in a 4-2 win in Brest.

Lionel Messi and Neymar missed the match with the Argentine star ready to debut with PSG in Reims next Sunday.

(AFP)

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