The LFP reacted to violent scenes on Sunday that led to the abandonment of a Ligue 1 game
The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) have decided that Nice’s next game will be played behind closed doors after the chaos that overshadowed Sunday’s meeting against Marseille.
Referee Benoit Bastien had to abandon the game in the middle of the second half after acts of violence by fans, players and staff on the pitch. Because Marseille players refused to return from the dressing room, they were assigned a 3-0 defeat.
More sanctions are expected for next month, but for the time being, Nice supporters will not be able to participate in the Allianz Rivera for the club’s upcoming game against Bordeaux.
What would be said?
“Given the serious violence that occurred during the game OGC Nice – Olympique de Marseille (3 on Wednesday.
“Total closed game at Allianz Riviera for the OGC Nice – FC Girondins de Bordeaux meeting, scheduled for Saturday 28 August 2021 at 5pm [CET]
“Suspension from the bench, referee locker room and all official functions of Mr. Pablo Fernandez, fitness trainer at Olympique de Marseille.
“At the end of the investigation, which will be published on Thursday 8 September, the Disciplinary Committee will take the final decisions to be made: the behavior of the supporters of the Nice OGC and the invasion of the pitch. The behavior of the players in the game on the grass. The fate of the meeting. “
What happened in Nice
Marseille star Dimitri Payet was the target of projectiles thrown from the stands early in the game and tempers flared as he tossed a bottle back into the crowd in the 74th minute after setting up a corner kick.
Soon after, fans invaded the field and sparked an all-out brawl when they faced Payet and his Marseille teammates.
Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli and several members of his back room team including Fernandez, who allegedly slapped a penetrated fan on the pitch and has now been suspended indefinitely, were also right in the thick of it as events quickly spiraled out of control.
Now both Nice and Marseille will have to wait to find out the appeal result of the abandoned game, which is currently considered lost, and whether both sides face point deductions or other penalties due to the excitement on Sunday.