Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia

  • Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia

Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia

Lyon players refused to return to the field despite pleas from officials. "We're not going to war". At that point, the referee chose to cancel the game as Bastia will likely receive a hefty ban. "The moment it happened, none of them wanted to come out of the dressing room and play this match". "He and Memphis [Depay] tried to move them out of the way before being attacked by many SC Bastia fans".

It was the second time this week that a Lyon game was marred by fan violence.

That sparked an exchange with a Lyon player and more Bastia supporters from behind the goal quickly streamed onto the pitch.

An incident before the match saw hundreds of Bastia fans storm the field after what appeared to be an argument between Memphis Depay and a local ultra.

Stewards and security staff rushed to intervene and for a few minutes there was chaos and scuffles until the playing surface was cleared and the Lyon players protected in the tunnel by a metal gate.

Former Lyon player Jeremy Berthod told the club's official TV station that Bastia fans threw balls at Mathieu Gorgelin's goal.

Bastia are nearly certain to be hit with a serious punishment by the French league's disciplinary panel following a string of previous offenses.

"The players managed to get together".

Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, who was not in the squad, tweeted: "Pfffff shameful!"

It is the second time in a week that Lyon have been involved in a match with ugly scenes involving fans after their Europa League clash with Besiktas at Parc Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday kicked off 45 minutes late due to crowd trouble.

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Home supporters poured onto the pitch as they attempted to protect themselves from firecrackers and other objects raining down from the stands above.