Bastia-Lyon abandoned as fans attack Memphis Depay

Share:

Bastia-Lyon abandoned as Memphis Depay gets beaten by fans

A league game involving French Ligue 1 sides Bastia and Lyon was abandoned after home fans invaded the pitch in Corsica.

Kick-off was delayed by 55 minutes, as Bastia fans tried to attack visiting Lyon players during their warm-up. Stewards held off fans while players were rushed down the tunnel and a gate closed behind them, according to BBC Sports.

Lyon were then persuaded to start the match - having initially refused - before further incident caused the abandonment at half-time.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), which governs France's professional leagues, will meet on Thursday to decide what action to take.

It called on Bastia to issue stadium bans to the fans responsible, adding: "The LFP condemns with the greatest firmness the incidents which took place before the game and at half-time of the Bastia-Lyon game."

Trouble began before the match as Lyon's players, including former Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, came out on the pitch to warm up. Their goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin found himself caught in the middle of a group of pitch invaders before the players were directed back to the dressing room.

Lyon defender Jeremy Berthod said: "Bastia fans kicked balls into Gorgelin's goal. He and Memphis tried to move them out of the way before being attacked by many SC Bastia fans.

"The players then huddled together. They and the staff are very shocked. The moment it happened, none of them wanted to come out of the dressing room and play this match."

Follow us on Twitter @fc1naija & Instagram - fcnaija

Copyright © 2017 Fcnaija. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit given to fcnaija.com as the source.

RELATED STORIES IN Ligue 1