Another bottle throw in Ligue 1: 4 arrests in Lyon, the government reacts

Another major incident for French football. Marseille player Dimitri Payet, already targeted in Nice at the start of the season, was hit in the face on Sunday November 21 by a bottle thrown by an OL supporter, causing the match to be stopped after an imbroglio between the leaders of the two clubs, the referee, the LFP (Professional Football League) and the prefecture of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

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Two men are still in custody this Monday morning in Lyon after these incidents. Aged 32, the alleged perpetrator of the bottle throwing on Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet is still in police custody Monday morning for “Violence with a weapon by destination in a sports arena”, as well as a 17-year-old young man for using smoke. Two 18-year-old men, arrested for using smoke bombs, were released a few hours later, police sources told AFP.


Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu ruled “Intolerable” the bottle throwing targeting Dimitri Payet, calling the clubs to raise awareness “Immediate and radical” as to security.

” It is unacceptable. It is intolerable that we can attack the players in the game by attacking them in this way ”, she reacted in a statement to the press, after a tweet indicating that this type of“Acts” had to “Cause at least the stoppage of matches”.

“The League will certainly have to clarify its regulations so that such an act of aggression on a player in the game results in an automatic stoppage of the match”, said the minister in this statement. “Without immediate and radical awareness of the clubs to guarantee safety on the pitch and in the stands, we are going into the wall”, she added. As after the incidents at the start of the season, she said to herself “In favor of individual sanctions and I remain on this line”, calling for this act to be “Punished”.

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“Acts which shame sport”

“These are acts which shame sport and the values ​​which are those of sport”, lamented on France 2 the deputy president of the LREM group at the National Assembly Aurore Bergé, claiming that “The clubs themselves make their arrangements” with “Extremely firm measures”.

For Xavier Bertrand, candidate for the LR nomination for the presidential election, questioned on France Inter, “There must be sanctions taken” because “We cannot have the drift in France of this formidable sport, so popular, as we were able to know in England at one time”.

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“It’s lousy of the supporters to do that” and “We cannot accept such violence”, denounced on Cnews Valérie Pécresse, another candidate for the LR nomination. For “Bring calm and serenity back to the stadiums”, she recalled that Nicolas Sarkozy had established “For all violent supporters the stadium ban”.

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