Sunday, August 22, in the middle of the Nice-OM match, Dimitri Payet was the victim of a bottle thrown that he sent back to the stand, causing an invasion of the field on the part of some supporters.
The match turned into chaos. Sunday August 22 was the meeting between OM and Nice, which instead of taking place in peace for this third day of the French championship, was interrupted after supporters took to the pitch to challenge the players. The reason ? Victim of projectiles thrown when he was going to take a corner, Dimitri Payet received yet another bottle of water when he collapsed to the ground before getting up and grab the bottle that had touched him to throw it towards the Nice tribune. A gesture that displeased the Nice supporters, who decided to go and fight directly with him on the ground.
Held by stewards in yellow vests, the supporters finally burst onto the field, where they visibly gave a few blows to players, including three from OM, who showed on social networks to have been injured during the clashes. Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli had to be overpowered by members of his staff not to fight. After this incident, and several minutes of stoppage of play, the match was finally interrupted, while Nice led 1-0. “We decided for the safety of our players, who were attacked when the pitch was invaded, not to resume because the safety of our players was not guaranteed”, explained Pablo Longoria, president of OM.
What other OM player has been the victim of projectiles?
It must be said that this is not the first time that an OM player has been the victim of projectiles thrown in the middle of a match, since last August 8, it is Valentin Rongier who had been hit by the bottle, injuring his mouth. His attacker had been arrested and taken into custody. The player had simply addressed “big kisses to the Montpellier supporter”, wishing him in particular a “good night at the station”. According to Jean-Pierre Rivère, the president of Nice, this time which has “set fire to powder, it is the reaction of two Marseille players to reject these bottles, or other bottles, through the tribune of our supporters “, he lamented, specifying however that there was “had water bottle throws, that we can not dispute”.