Match Nice-Marseille: a man in custody, suspected of having hit an OM player

A 28-year-old man, suspected of having struck an OM player during the incidents that occurred on Sunday during the Nice-Marseille match, was arrested and taken into custody on Monday 23 August at the end of the day, AFP learned from police and judicial sources.

The man was arrested in Mandelieu-la-Napoule (Alpes-Maritimes), said the police source. “It would be a priori a Nice supporter”Nice prosecutor Xavier Bonhomme told AFP.

The Nice-Marseille match was stopped an hour and a half, after supporters invaded the pitch following an incident that ignited the match: yet another plastic bottle thrown at the Marseille player Dimitri Payet, returned by this last to the rostrum.

A security cordon of stewards, dressed in yellow vests, tried to stop the supporters, but blows were exchanged in different parts of the field, in a scrimmage between players of the two teams, supporters and stewards.

The LFP condemns the violence

Nice led 1-0, but the match did not end: after 90 minutes of procrastination, the match was definitively stopped when the referee noted the absence of the Marseillais, including several players, including Payet, Guendouzi and Luan Peres, were slightly injured.

“The League (LFP) has decided to resume the match. We decided for the safety of our players, who were attacked during the invasion of the field, not to resume because the safety of our players was not guaranteed ”, explained the president of OM, Pablo Longoria, in a video sent to the media.

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Nice wanted to resume the game. “I know very well that the game could have resumed. I was convinced that it would go very well ”, declared for his part the President of Nice Jean-Pierre Rivère.

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The LFP said on Monday that it “Condemned[ait] firmly the violence ” during the meeting, the facts “Extremely serious”. It is responsible for establishing the disciplinary sanctions concerning this meeting. In a press release, the Alpes-Maritimes prefecture announced that it was ordering the closure of a stand at the Nice stadium for four matches.

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