The Ligue 1 clash between Nice and Marseille was abandoned in the second half at the Allianz Riviera on Sunday because of serious crowd trouble, after Marseille players clashed with home fans, who pelted them with objects and went onto the pitch.
Nice supporters threw water bottles at Marseille forward Dimitri Payet when he was about to take a corner, and after the forward hurled one back at them, a full-scale brawl ensued when some of the fans rushed onto the pitch.
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Both teams retreated to the tunnel and play was held up for over an hour before Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere appealed to home supporters over the sound system for calm and their players returned to the pitch to warm up.
But Marseille refused to join them, with French daily L’Equipe reporting that visiting players Matteo Guendouzi and Luan Peres were injured in the fighting.
Nice were up 1-0 when play was interrupted in the 75th minute, with Swedish striker Kasper Dolberg firing them ahead in the 49th minute after Marseille missed a string of first-half chances.
Information from Reuters and the Associated Press was used in this story.
The Ligue 1 clash between Nice and Olympique Marseille was abandoned in the 75th minute on Sunday after serious crowd trouble as Marseille players clashed with home fans who pelted them with missiles and came onto the pitch.
Nice supporters threw water bottles as Marseille were about to take a corner and, after visiting forward Dimitri Payet hurled one back at them, a full scale brawl ensued when some of the fans rushed on to the field.
Both teams retreated to the tunnel and play was held up for 90 minutes before referee Benoit Bastien declared it abandoned, with Nice players having returned to the pitch several minutes earlier while the Marseille players refused to join them.
Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere had appealed to Nice supporters over the sound system for calm during the delay but angry Marseille players and staff were adamant in refusing to carry on.
French daily L’Equipe reported that visiting players Payet, Matteo Guendouzi and Luan Peres were injured in scuffles with the crowd and riot police were deployed in front of the tier packed with Nice fans.
Nice were 1-0 up when play was interrupted after Swedish striker Kasper Dolberg fired them ahead in the 49th minute with Marseille missing a string of first-half chances.