Lyon BAN their fans from travelling to away games after Cup game at Paris FC is ABANDONED as fans storm the pitch, throw flares and fight each other in the stands in latest shocking violence to rock French football
- Friday night’s Coupe de France tie between Paris FC and Lyon was abandoned
- Fans fought with each other in the stand with smoke flares thrown
- Others invaded the pitch, forcing the match to be abandoned at half-time
- It is just the latest in a lengthy list of violent incidents in France this season
- Lyon have banned their fans from travelling to away games for the time being
- The club could be thrown out of the competition as the trouble is investigated
Lyon supporters will be banned from travelling to away fixtures after their French Cup tie against Paris FC was marred by crowd violence.
Friday night’s fixture at the Charlety Stadium was abandoned following fighting and the throwing of smoke flares in the stands and pitch invasions.
RMC Sport also suggested Lyon could be punished by being expelled from this season’s Coupe de France.
The French Cup tie between Paris FC and Lyon was abandoned after crowd violence flared
Fans fought in the stands at the Charlety Stadium and smoke flares were thrown in the trouble
A mass pitch invasion then forced the match to be called off at half-time on Friday night
A statement issued by the club read: ‘Olympique Lyonnais once again strongly condemns all the violence that occurred during the Paris FC – OL match. As French football faces an unprecedented crisis, these incidents are unacceptable and pose a serious threat to our sport.
‘From Friday evening, Olympique Lyonnais made itself available to investigators and authorities so that light is shed on the all of the acts committed during the evening and that responsibility is established.
‘Olympique Lyonnais will assume all of its responsibilities and is now showing an extreme determination to see the people involved, whatever their club membership, sanctioned.
‘The club will apply with force and determination the maximum penalties, including the stadium ban for life.
Fans are pushed back by riot police as trouble flared during the French Cup tie on Friday
Flares were thrown as the match was suspended due to several incidents in the stands in Paris
Fans also ran on the pitch at half-time; French football has been marred by violence recently
‘In this context, until further notice, and until light is shed on the identification of the perpetrators, Olympique Lyonnais has decided to ban groups of supporters for away matches.’
The trouble erupted at half-time with the game tied at 1-1. Supporters clashed with each other and riot police in the stands with flares thrown. Others invaded the pitch.
Lyon were docked one point in Ligue 1 after their home game against Marseille was abandoned last month after Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands.
French football has been marred by crowd trouble this season, prompting the government to announce on Thursday that games would be abandoned if a player or a referee is injured by a projectile thrown from the stands.
Lyon have taken the decision to ban their supporters from travelling to away fixtures
Lyon could be thrown out of the Coupe de France by the French authorities as a punishment
A Lyon supporter shows off a tattoo during the pitch invasion that cause the abandonment
Among other measures, the government said a decision on whether to abandon a game after any crowd incident would be taken within a maximum 30 minutes after it occurred. It also pledged to uphold more stringent stadium bans imposed on violent supporters.
Nice were docked two points, one of them suspended, after serious incidents during their game in August against Marseille, when visiting players clashed with home fans who pelted them with missiles and stormed on to the pitch.
The northern derby between RC Lens and Lille was hit by crowd problems in September, with the start of the second half delayed after rival fans threw objects at each other before people ran on to the pitch, prompting riot police and stewards to intervene.
There has also been crowd trouble in Montpellier, Angers, Marseille and St Etienne.