Nice 1-1 Marseille: Payet scores in revamped Ligue 1 clash after scuffle ended original tie
Nice 1-1 Marseille: Dimitri Payet saves a point for the visitors in a reorganized Ligue 1 game behind closed doors after the initial match was abandoned due to fan problemsâ¦ which saw the physio banned for the local supporter by PUNCHING
- Nice vs Marseille were abandoned at the end of August due to a fight on the pitch
- Marseille players and staff fought with Nice supporters over fan issues during the match
- Marseille physiotherapist banned for a year after images caught him hitting a fan
- The reorganized match was played on Wednesday at a neutral venue in Troyes
- No fan was present as Dimitri Payet canceled Amine Gouiri’s opening match
Nice and Marseille shared the points in a 1-1 draw in their Ligue 1 rematch after fan issues saw their original game scrapped in August.
Last month’s meeting was abandoned after Nice supporters launched missiles at players on the pitch, sparking violent brawls between the two groups of players, fans and staff.
The rematch had to be played in a neutral venue in front of any supporters in Troyes, with Dimitri Payet – who was at the center of their issues which marred their original game, scoring to call off Amine Gouiri’s opener.
Dimitri Payet saved a point for Marseille in their reorganized Ligue 1 clash with Nice
The original August game between the teams was abandoned after an ugly brawl on the pitch
The result means that Nice and Marseille remain in third and fourth places respectively, with the “home” team now eight points behind Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.
In the original match, the former West Ham star Payet was hit in the back by a bottle thrown from an area with Nice supporters towards the end of the match as the Marseille man rolled on the floor before to get back on his feet to throw him angrily into the stands.
The incident saw a number of Nice supporters, who had previously been warned about throwing objects by the stadium announcer, rushing onto the pitch to face Payet, with footage showing Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez hit a ground land invader during ugly scenes.
Marseille physiotherapist Pablo Fernandez is suspended for the 2021-22 season for hitting a Nice supporter
There was no fight in the rearranged match in Troyes as Amine Gouiri scored for NIce
In front of a large number of supporters overflowing on the lawn, the referee suspended the match while Marseille players intervened to intervene in the face of the furious Nice supporters.
Ligue 1 tied Nice to two points for the incident, one of which was suspended, and banned Fernandez for the remainder of the 2021-22 season.
But there hadn’t been any nasty scenes in the second leg as Gouiri scored Evann Guessand’s cross after a brilliant solo run from the Nice striker after just six minutes.
Nice thought they would maintain their lead before half-time, but with three minutes left of the first period, Payet completed an Arkadiusz Milik and Gerson team move to smash an equalizer.
Payet then equalized for OM to keep him in the top four, nine points behind leader PSG