The Lyon-Marseille shock canceled while Dimitri Payet hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd

Lyon’s home game against Marseille was called off after visiting striker Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands.

Marseille's match at Lyon was interrupted after Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd (Laurent Cipriani / AP) - AP

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Marseille’s match at Lyon was interrupted after Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the crowd (Laurent Cipriani / AP) – AP

Fan mess has marred Ligue 1 in recent months and Marseille fans were banned from attending the game after sanctions against the club for a previous pitch invasion and a clash with Angers supporters in September.

The match at Groupama Stadium was just four minutes old when Payet was hit in the head by a water bottle as he tried to take a corner.

The players had been off the pitch for more than an hour when it was announced that the match would resume, with spectators being warned that another incident would bring it to a permanent stop.

While the Lyon players returned to the field to warm up, their Marseille counterparts did not leave the locker room.

The Lyon players then left the pitch again, with confusion reigning over the fate of the match before it was finally confirmed, around 9.45pm GMT, that it would be postponed.


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Elsewhere, La Liga top thieves Real Madrid recorded a 4-1 win over Granada at 10.

Marco Asensio and Nacho gave the visitors a 2-0 lead in 25 minutes and although Luis Suarez pulled one off before half-time, Vinicius Junior restored Madrid to the two-goal advantage.

Monchu’s red card in the 67th minute made things easier for Real and Ferland Mendy scored a comfortable victory.

Getafe’s second win in three games – 4-0 against Cadiz – lifted them from the bottom, while Real Betis’ 3-0 win over Elche propelled them over Barcelona to fifth.

Serie A leaders Napoli’s unbeaten start to the season ended in a 3-2 loss to Inter Milan.

Goals from Hakan Calhanoglu, Ivan Perisic and Lautaro Martinez were a game-changer after Piotr Zielinski put the visitors ahead and although Dries Mertens’ 78th-minute goal made for a frantic finish, Inter moved on to four points from the top.

Freiburg’s hopes of closing the gap with Bundesliga-second Borussia Dortmund were dashed after a 2-0 home loss thanks to first-half goals from Jesper Lindstrom and Filip Kostic of Eintracht Frankfurt.

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