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Watch: Lyon-Marseille abandoned after Payet struck by water bottle

23:36 GMT 21/11/2021
Dimitri Payet Lyon Marseille Ligue 1
The match only made it four minutes before more crowd trouble struck in a Ligue 1 match

Marseille's match at Lyon on Sunday was halted just four minutes in after a fan struck Marseille star Dimitri Payet in the head with a water bottle.

Payet was lining up to take a corner kick when a projectile struck him in the head, sending him to the ground.

Referee Ruddy Buquet quickly stopped play and sent both teams to their respective dressing rooms. After nearly two hours, the match was abandoned with the safety of players unable to be guaranteed.

What was said?

Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas claimed regional authorities initially decided to resume the match, which led to an angry backlash from Marseille players.

“There was an extremely violent reaction from Marseille when the decision to resume the match was taken," Aulas told Amazon Prime.

"The referee then asked to see the regional prefect to reverse his decision.”

Buquet, for his part, insisted that his decision was always to stop the game.

"My sporting decision has always been to not resume the game," the referee said. "But the risk of disturbances to public order was mentioned.

"I maintain that my decision was to not resume. My decision was to stop the match for obvious sporting reasons.

"There are many considerations to take into account, but I am the one who made the final decision."

Video of the incident

More fan trouble in Ligue 1

The incident at Parc Olympique Lyonnais was just the latest troubling occurence in France this term

Several fan incidents have marred games across Ligue 1, with little evidence they are set to stop any time soon.

Marseille's match at Nice in August was suspended when Nice fans invaded the pitch and physically clashed with players and staff from visiting Marseille.

In fact, Payet was also targeted by a bottle during that fracas, with the veteran angrily throwing the bottle back at fans on that day.

There have also been ugly clashes between fans at matches between Lens and Lille, Marseille and Angers, and Bordeaux and Montpellier.

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