Lyon - Besiktas match delayed by crowd trouble

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas expresses concern over next week's trip to Besiktas after crowd trouble during Thursday's Europa League quarter-final first leg in France.

The match, officially supposed to kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET, was held for about 45 minutes before finally kicking off.

The distressing images from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium follow hours of clashing among rival French and Turkish followers earlier in the city.

Besiktas fans, situated in the top tier of the stand, also reportedly launched fireworks and other objects down into the Lyon section below.

Terrified home fans took to the pitch to escape the marauding army of travelling Turkish supporters who were caught on camera using weapons to batter them.

Alexandre Lacazette drilled an effort into the side netting as Lyon carved out an opening themselves, but it was Besiktas who took a deserved lead 15 minutes in.

With time running out, Corentin Tolisso levelled from close range and Lyon's turnaround was completed inside two minutes as the veteran Morel struck to earn Les Gones a 2-1 first-leg lead.

Whilst the Turkish side have also been charged for the use of fireworks, throwing objects and crowd disturbance. A minute later, Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri gifted Lyon a victor when he took a backpass close to goal and tried to trick his way past the onrushing Jeremy Morel.

UEFA could come down hard on Lyon as match organisers with sanctions ranging from a hefty fine to a supporter ban or playing their next European home tie at a neutral venue.

Dortmund's game against Monaco in the Champions League quarterfinals was postponed and played on Wednesday.

  • Essie Rivera