Ligue 1 orders Lyon to play home games behind closed doors until further notice after Sunday’s clash with Marseille was abandoned after a bottle of water thrown from the stands hit Dimitri Payet
- Marseille star Dimitri Payet was hit by a water bottle in Lyon on Sunday night
- The Ligue 1 clash was only four minutes long when the referee was forced to suspend play
- Payet clutched his head in pain before falling to the grass after being hit.
- Ligue 1 has ordered Lyon to play behind closed doors until further notice
The French League has announced that Lyon will have to play their Ligue 1 matches behind closed doors pending an investigation into the crowd problems that led to Sunday’s game against Marseille.
The match was called off almost two hours after Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the Groupama stadium stands in the fifth minute.
The former West Ham midfielder was about to take a corner kick in front of the home crowd when he was hit by the bottle, immediately grabbing his head with his hands and cautiously taking a few steps before falling to the grass.
Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet was hit on the head by a bottle of water thrown by Lyon fans
Ligue 1 has announced that Lyon will have to play their Ligue 1 matches behind closed doors
Marseille players and referee Ruddy Buquet immediately rushed to assist the France international, while Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes berated the home crowd.
Payet eventually rose to his feet and was cared for by Marseille’s medical staff, while the referee suspended play before finally opting to leave the match entirely after a nearly two-hour suspension.
Lyon authorities had initially ruled that the game would be restarted, a decision that was communicated to fans by the stadium announcer.
The disagreement sparked chaotic scenes, with the Lyon players returning to the field to warm up while their opponents remained in the locker room and the match was ultimately called off.
Payet was about to take a corner in front of the Lyon fans when he was hit by a projectile
The 34-year-old immediately clutched his head in pain after being hit by the bottle.
Payet fell to the grass in agony, before being treated by his colleagues and medical staff.
French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu said repeated crowd problems are jeopardizing the future of French football.
“They have to reach an agreement, this type of problem must be solved by the League,” Maracineanu said. France information radio on Monday.
The Interior Ministry added that the French federation and the LFP have been summoned to the meeting.
“Everyone must understand that what is at stake is the survival of French football,” Maracineanu said.
Ligue 1 has been marred by crowd problems this season, with several incidents involving Marseille.
The referee suspended play after Payet was hit on the head by a bottle of water.
In August, Payet was hit by a shell towards the end of the second half of his team’s showdown with fierce rival Nice.
He reacted angrily and some of his teammates had to stop him, but he still managed to throw the bottle into the stands.
The gesture provoked an angry reaction from Nice fans, who broke the security cordon formed by the stewards and took to the pitch to face the former Hammers player.
When angry fans took to the field, the referee was forced to suspend play, while Marseille players and staff intervened to defend Payet and a fight broke out involving players and staff from both teams, fans and stewards.
The Marseille players left the pitch after the referee suspended the match in the first half.
Marseille physio Pablo Fernández received a one-year suspension from the touchline for hitting one of the Nice fans.
Meanwhile, Lens was ordered to play two home games behind closed doors after problems with the crowd during their match against Lille.
Meanwhile, in September, fans of Marseille and Angers entered the court after a goalless draw, and rival fans exchanged blows after breaking a security cordon.