Nice 1-0 Marseille: Match abandoned after the onslaught of supporters

Nice were leading 1-0 when a group of home fans burst onto the pitch

Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle and threw it back into the crowd before supporters stormed the pitch causing Nice to surrender to Marseille.

The Marseillais Payet was hit in the back by a bottle thrown by the local supporters as he was about to take a corner.

He revived it, causing fans to rush onto the pitch as stewards and players struggled to hold them back.

After a long delay, the Nice players came out to finish the game – but the Marseille players refused.

The game was discontinued as a result. Nice led 1-0 thanks to Kasper Dolberg’s goal in the first half.

On Monday, the Professional Football League, the governing body of the French championship, said that following “serious incidents”, the two clubs were summoned to its disciplinary committee on Wednesday.

French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu called what happened “an insult to sport and football”.

While the mayor of Nice Christian Estros said: “This violence is unacceptable. Sanctions must be taken by the French Football League once it has discovered who was responsible.”

Some of the Marseille players were would have been injured in the troubleexternal link.

“Our players have been attacked,” said Marseille President Pablo Longoria.

“We decided for the safety of our players, who were attacked during the invasion of the pitch, not to resume the game because the safety of our players was not guaranteed.”

The chaos continued as the players tried to leave the field, scuffles erupted and Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli had to be held back by his staff.

The Marseille players had been targeted by plastic water bottles from this part of the crowd throughout the game, before one of them hit Payet and saw the midfielder fall to the ground.

In the melee that followed, teammates Alvaro Gonzalez and Matteo Guendouzi ran to the end of the field to face the supporters and the Nice skipper Dante then tried to calm the angry supporters.

A security cordon of stewards tried to stem the invasion of the pitch before a fight broke out between the players of the two teams, the supporters and the staff.

The players and officials finally managed to leave the pitch and descend into the tunnel away from the chaos outside.

It comes after Marseille’s first 3-2 win at Montpellier two weeks ago was also delayed when fans bombarded the pitch with bottles.

This match was interrupted in the 89th minute after Marseille substitute Valentin Rongier was hit in the head and Montpellier’s Florent Mollet was also hit as he prepared to take a corner kick.

Quoting this game a fortnight ago, Longoria added: “This is the second time this has happened. We have already experienced this in Montpellier where we decided to continue after the decision to continue was taken.

“What happened today is unacceptable. We have to make it a precedent for French football and that is why we have decided to return to Marseille.”

However, President of Nice Jean-Pierre Rivere, who had called for calm on the stadium’s sound system during the delay, felt that part of the blame for the scenes fell on Marseille.

“It’s disappointing that the game ends like this,” he said.

“Everyone saw what happened. We can’t deny that water bottles were thrown away because we all got to see it. What triggered the clashes was the reaction of two Marseille players who responded.

“Afterwards, it is deplorable that Marseille security personnel intervened on the pitch and hit our players.”

Marseille boss
Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli had to be selected
Fans invade the pitch
Fan kicked Payet after running onto the pitch
A scrum ensued on the field
There were chaotic scenes before players were asked to leave the field
Good players cheer the crowd
The Nice players returned to finish the match but not those of Marseille. Nice players applauded supporters left on the ground

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