French Cup game between Lyon and Paris FC is ABANDONED as fans storm the pitch, throw flares and fight each other in the stands in shocking display of violence
- The French Cup round of 64 match between Paris FC and Lyon was abandoned
- The game on Friday was called off due to significant crowd trouble in the capital
- After 45 minutes passed, the stadium announcer asked fans to leave the ground
The French Cup last 64 game between Paris FC and Lyon was abandoned following crowd trouble on Friday, a stadium announcer said as violence continues to hit French football.
Supporters appeared to be fighting each other and some of them went onto the Charlety stadium’s pitch and threw flares at half-time with the game tied at 1-1.
After 45 minutes, the stadium announcer came onto the field to ask fans to leave the arena.
The French Cup game between Paris FC and Lyon was abandoned on Friday due to violence
Flares were thrown as the match was suspended due to several incidents in the stands in Paris
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.
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.
Fans also ran on the pitch at half-time; French football has been marred by violence recently
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.
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