Nice vs Marseille: the French championship will hold a disciplinary meeting
The governing body of the French championship (LFP) will hold a disciplinary meeting with Nice and Marseille after the incidents which led to the abandonment of their match on Sunday night.
Marseillais Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown at him by a fan. Payet, 34, first fell to the ground before reacting to the incident. His response prompted fans to skip the billboards and take to the Allianz Riviera pitch.
Although broadcaster Amazon said the game would resume, it was eventually dropped 90 minutes after the game was stopped.
A press release from the Professional Football League (LFP), specified: “Following the serious incidents of the OGC Nice – Olympique de Marseille match (third day of Ligue 1 Uber Eats), the disciplinary commission of the LFP summons the two clubs for meeting of the Wednesday 25 August 2021.
After the match was abandoned, several Marseille players, including Matteo Guendouzi and Luan Peres, were photographed with choke marks on their necks.
The stewards struggled to retain a number of fans, who made their way onto the pitch. Some Marseille players have also been seen intervening to help protect Payet.
Marseille head coach Jorge Sampaoli was seen being restrained and restrained by his staff and players as the incident unfolded.
Nice took the lead in the 49th minute thanks to Kasper Dolberg. The game was suspended in the 76th minute.
Later Sunday evening, Marseille president Pablo Longoria said in a statement: “The league decided that the game should continue but we decided not to do so because the safety of our players was not guaranteed.
“This is the second time this has happened. We have already experienced this in Montpellier where we decided to continue after the decision to continue.
“What happened today is unacceptable. We have to make it a precedent for French football and that is why we have decided to come back to Marseille.
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