08/23/2021 6:05 am | UPDATED ON 08/23/2021 AT 10:16 AM
It is not only on the lawn of the Riviera Arena that the tension was palpable, Sunday, during the incidents which punctuated the end of the match between Nice and Marseille.
The Mediterranean derby between theOGC Nice and theOlympic Marseille will have been the one of all excess. The invasion of the field at the start of the last quarter of an hour after Dimitri Payet returned a bottle of water received in the back is obviously the best illustration.
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But these incidents, which led to the interruption of the meeting, also raised the tension of several notches in the presidential platform. Evidenced by the altercation that pitted Pablo Longoria, the president of Olympique de Marseille, to José Cobos, former player of the OGCN and now assistant to sports events at the town hall of Nice. According to many witnesses, the two men had a heated exchange to say the least before the Marseille boss returned to the locker room, determined not to resume the meeting.
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A decision that he did not fail to justify in front of the microphones. ” We decided not to resume the game for the safety of our players. It’s already the second time, we experienced it in Montpellier, we decided to resume there. What happened today is completely unacceptable. We must make precedents for French football “, He explained in particular in remarks relayed by RMC Sport.