Lyon players attacked by rival fans as Ligue 1 matched delayed
- Author: Angelo Rivera Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 0:44
However, after further chaos at half-time, the league's authoritative body, the LFP, has chose to put a stop to the game.
"The LFP condemns in the strongest possible terms the incidents which occurred before the match and at the half-time of the match SC Bastia / Olympique Lyonnais".
Lyon players left the field and initially refused to continue warmups, delaying the match until the league made it clear that it would be played no matter what.
The Ligue 1 meeting between Bastia and Lyon in Corsica was delayed after the home fans ran on to the pitch and attempted to attack Lyon players during their warm-up.
About 15 minutes before the end of warmup at Armand Cesari stadium, supporters from the Bastia 1905 group of fans invaded the pitch and jostled with Lyon players.
And incredible footage also showed a home STEWARD attacking Lyon defender Mouctar Diakhaby.
The game, as it stands, is under threat of being called off with OL players refusing to return to the pitch.
"He and Memphis (Depay) started throwing them back... before a lot of Bastia supporters attacked them".
Goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was caught up in the action, confronting three people - supposedly Bastia fans - on his way off the pitch before being escorted away as the melee continued.
"The players then huddled together".
It is the second time in a week that Lyon have been involved in a match with ugly scenes involving fans after their Europa League clash with Besiktas at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday kicked off 45 minutes late due to crowd trouble. "Both they and the coaching staff are very shocked", said Berthod.
It has been a hard week for Lyon with crowd trouble before their game with Besiktas on Thursday.