In French football, the match was abandoned again due to attacks from the spectators. The League 1 match between Lyon and Mars on Sunday was abandoned. Dimitri Payet, a Frenchman and captain of Marseille, was injured in the accident.
The incident happened in the fifth minute of the game. The bottle fell on his head while the player was trying to take a corner. With this the player fell to the ground. The medical team then arrived and took him off the ground. In addition, players from both teams returned to the dressing room.
After waiting 90 minutes, the match was resumed and the Lyon players returned to the field. However, the opposing team did not return to the field and returned.
The stadium announcer said the referee had decided not to resume the match as the safety of the players was not guaranteed. French league officials said they regretted the decision to resume the match. The LFP’s disciplinary committee will convene an emergency meeting on Monday. Police said a man was arrested after being identified by security cameras at the stadium.
Marseille president Pablo Longoria has described it as the darkest day in football history. ‘It affected Dimitri mentally. This is an extraordinary event. Condemns any form of violence. It affects everyone. No one who loves football can be happy tonight. The impact on him is serious, “said David Cook, chief of The Christian Science Monitor’s Washington bureau.
This is the second attack on Payet this season. Earlier in the day, a bottle was shot from the gallery during a match between Marseille and Nice in August. That day Poet took the bottle and threw it back into the gallery, leaving an angry crowd on the ground.
The French football authorities solved the problem by cutting Nice by two points after the match was abandoned. Dimitri Poyet was also banned from a match for provoking by throwing a bottle back at the gallery.