It all started with a projectile thrown at the Marseille player Dimitri Payet, which he sent back to the stand: an impressive scrum ensued on the lawn between stewards, supporters of the Nice club and players from both teams. Back in pictures on the incidents that led to the interruption of the Ligue 1 match Nice-Marseille, Sunday evening August 22.
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The Provencal derby was interrupted 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, whom the latter returned towards the tribune.
A security cordon of stewards, dressed in yellow vests, tries to stop the supporters, but blows are exchanged at different places of the field, in a scrimmage between players of the two teams, supporters and stewards.
Nice then leads 1-0, but the match will not end: after 90 minutes of procrastination, the match is definitively stopped while the referee notes the absence of the Marseillais, who refuse to return to the field while the League had ordered the resumption of the match. OM President Pablo Longoria, for his part, considered that “The security of [ses] players was not guaranteed “.
The mayors of the two cities react
Monday morning, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi estimated that the violence was “Still intolerable” and asked ” Sanctions “ from the Professional Football League.
“If the behavior of some supporters is unspeakable, that of the president of OM was also in the stands and that of the coach on the field”, he wrote on his Twitter account:
“In this regard, I want to salute the impeccable behavior of the players and the coach of the OGCN. It is now up to national authorities to take the necessary decisions. It is up to everyone to respect them ”, he added :
Longoria and Rivère almost came to blows
In the stands, Longoria and the president of Nice Jean-Pierre Rivère almost came to blows. “They grabbed each other by the collar and the bodyguards had to separate them”, told a witness of the scene in the presidential gallery.
An investigation opened after the incidents during the Nice-Marseille football match
The mayor of Marseille, Benoît Payan, for his part reacted, also on Twitter, as soon as the game was stopped: “Injured players, failing security: the match should never have resumed. Sad decision. Proud of my team who did not take part in this masquerade. “
An investigation has been opened, the Nice prosecutor’s office said on Monday, specifying that there was, however, no police custody at this stage.
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The two teams are exposed for their part to sanctions and were summoned on Wednesday by the disciplinary committee of the Professional Football League (LFP), the latter referring to “Serious incidents” in a press release.