Sunday’s match between the highest French football competition between the home team Nice and Olympique Marseille was not completed due to fan riots. After a long break, Ligue 1 ordered the duel to continue, but the visiting team refused to start and are in danger of losing 0: 3.
The riots were triggered by an incident in the 75th minute at a score of 1: 0 for the home team, when a bottle arrived from the point of view, which hit the guest Dimitri Payet. He threw her back in the stands, causing the anger of the home ultras, who broke into the playing area.
The players of both teams headed to the bowels of the stadium, where Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli declared his reluctance to continue the match. Despite the protests, however, the league leadership ordered a continuation. According to the guests, they decided to do so despite the disagreement of the main referee. However, Marseille refused to continue due to lingering safety concerns.
According to the DPA, the managing authority has already decided to continue the meeting. “The league has decided, and we have also decided for the safety of our players they attacked. This is the second time, the same thing has happened in Montpellier. It is absolutely unacceptable and a clear position must be taken.” said Olympique Marseille President Pablo Longoria, who advocated the departure of its players: “The referee agreed that safety could not be guaranteed and did not want to continue the match. However, the leadership of Ligue 1 wanted to continue in order to maintain public order, so we packed up and went home.”
Several sources reported that three players, Luan Peres, Matteo Guendouzi and Dimitri Payet, were injured during the incident. On the other hand, members of the Marseille security forces had to physically attack the home team of Jean-Claire Todib and Justin Kluivert.
The president of the home club, Jean-Pierre Rivere, was also sorry for the situation, but he also pointed out the fault of the guests: “It’s sad how it ended. The situation is clear, there were water bottles that unfortunately came from the point of view, but it was the Marseille players who threw them back and exacerbated the whole situation. Their security then had no right to come on the field and attack our footballers. “