Lyon’s French Cup tie abandoned as rival supporters fight and invade pitch | European club football

The last 64 French Cup matches between Paris FC and Olympique Lyon were canceled following Friday’s crowd disturbances as violence continued in French football.

The fans fought back while some of them went to the Charletti Stadium and threw flares at halftime with a 1-1 draw. After 45 minutes, the announcer came down to the stadium to ask the fans to leave the arena.

Lyon lost one point in the French League after its home match against Marseille was suspended last month after Marseille player Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands.

French football has been marred by crowd disturbances this season, prompting the government to announce on Thursday that matches would be canceled if a player or referee was injured by a projectile thrown from the stands.

Among other measures, the government said the decision to abandon the match after any mass incident would be taken within a maximum of 30 minutes after it occurred. It also vowed to support more stringent stadium bans on violent fans.

Nice got two points, one of them suspended, after serious accidents during its match last August against Marseille, when the visiting players clashed with the fans of the team who threw missiles at them and stormed the field.

The police entered the stands where the Lyon fans were.
The police entered the stands where the Lyon fans were. Photography: David Winter/Shutterstock

The northern derby between Lens and Lille was troubled by crowds in September, and the start of the second half was delayed after rival fans threw objects at each other before people ran onto the pitch, prompting riot police and referees to intervene.

There was also a problem with the masses in Montpellier, Angers, Marseille and Saint-Etienne.

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