By Conor Laird
Published: November 21, 2021 8:20 pm
Last Updated: November 21, 2021 8:29 pm
Ugly scenes have marred French football once again this evening, forcing the meeting between Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais to be called to an early halt.
The marquee fixture of the Ligue 1 weekend got underway a short time ago.
The clash in question, as alluded to above, saw Lyon welcome Marseille to the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, for a highly-anticipated battle in the race for European football.
Ahead of kick-off, it was the latter who boasted the advantage in the table, aware that a victory would guide them all the way up to 2nd, behind runaway table-toppers Paris Saint-Germain.
Lyon, on the other hand, sat down in 7th, albeit in the knowledge that a triumph on Sunday would close the gap on their opponents to just a solitary point.
As alluded to above, however, before the action truly even had a chance to get into a flow in the centre of France, the latest in an ever-lengthening string of crowd disturbances forced an early halt to proceedings.
The moment in question came with just four minutes on the clock.
After Marseille secured an early chance to put some pressure on the hosts’ goal courtesy of a corner kick, former West Ham United standout Dimitri Payet made his way to the byline, to line up his set-piece delivery.
Just as the Frenchman managed to get the ball in a position to his liking at the corner flag, however, a projectile from the crowd, shown to be a full bottle of water by ensuing replays, struck Payet flush in the face.
The gifted wide-man quickly went to ground, requiring attention on the part of the medical staff in attendance at the ground.
In turn, the clash was brought to an immediate halt, as the two sets of players made their way back to their respective dressing rooms.
Check out footage of the incident below:
Lyon vs. Marseille is brought to a halt after Dimitri Payet was struck on the side of the head by a water bottle thrown from the stands 😳 pic.twitter.com/RHQtbE0VJK
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 21, 2021
This is of course far from the first instance of supporters wreaking havoc in the French top-flight this season, with a prior incident, also involving Payet, having culminated in a pitch invasion and the ensuing suspension of a clash between Marseille and OGC Nice back in August.
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