Lille fans BANNED from travelling to Marseille for Ligue 1 clash

Lille fans BANNED from travelling to Marseille for Ligue 1 clash amid crowd trouble fears, after Lyon’s team bus was attacked on its way to the Stade Velodrome by hooligans last week, forcing their match to be called off

  • Lyon were due to play Marseille last week but their bus was attacked 
  • The match was called off, and now further precautions have been taken
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French club Lille said on Friday that their fans had been banned from travelling to Marseille this weekend, due to fears of crowd trouble after hooligans forced last week’s match between Marseille and Lyon to be abandoned.

‘If the authorities finally decided this morning that they would not be able to guarantee the safety of the 250 Lille supporters who had planned to travel to Marseille, Lille must take note of the decision to protect its supporters from any potential trouble,’ said Lille in a statement.

Marseille host Lille on Saturday evening at Stade Velodrome, but last Sunday’s game at the same venue between Marseille and Lyon – two of the country’s most successful clubs – had to be abandoned after some of the worst football violence in France in recent years.

Lyon’s team bus was pelted with stones, injuring coach Fabio Grosso. Photos of Grosso, a 2006 World Cup winner with Italy, with blood on his face made the front page of sports paper L’Equipe, accompanied by the headline ‘Disgusting and Shameful’.

‘Sunday was a very sad day for sport. You can’t put people’s lives at risk for sport,’ Grosso told reporters.

Lyon head coach Fabio Grosso required 13 stitches after his team’s bus was attacked by hooligans, before their game against Marseille was abandoned last week

A bleeding Grosso was featured on the front page of L’Equipe earlier this week after the attack

Lille have confirmed their fans have been banned from travelling to Marseille this weekend amid fears over crowd trouble

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‘I’m not the most important here, there were 40 of us on the bus, it could have been anyone else. The supporters’ buses were also targeted. And I might not have been there to tell you about it.’

Grosso said he was physically weak at the start of the week but felt like a ‘volcano’ on the inside.

‘I wish my face hadn’t gone around the world, I wish no face did. It must never happen,’ he added.

‘We passed a place where there were a lot of stones on the side of the road because of road works and that’s not normal. Removing fans from the stadium won’t solve the problem. It’s by improving safety.’

Lyon fans were meanwhile televised making Nazi salutes at the game. Both Marseille and Lyon condemned the hooligan elements among their supporters.


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