French Ligue 1 side Lyon has been deducted one point in Ligue 1 after their home game against Marseille was abandoned because of crowd trouble last month. The game was stopped and suspended late after Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle just five minutes later. The Ligue 1 management has decided to deduct one point from Lyon.
Lyon Deducted One Point as Punishment
The teams were sent to the dressing room by referee Ruddy Buquet, and after two hours, it was officially called off. The game will be replayed behind closed doors. The incident occurred when Payet, who left the Groupama Stadium pitch with an ice pack on his head, was preparing to take a corner.
Shortly after the incident, an announcement was made that an arrest had been made and the game would resume, and they also warned that if any further trouble happened, the game would be abandoned. It looked as though the match would re-start when Lyon’s players came out to warm up, but Marseille’s players refused to come out to play, which led to the eventual abandonment of the game.
It was the second time Payet had been struck with a bottle amid a series of incidents in French football this season. The first was Marseille’s game at Nice in August. The game was abandoned when the former France player threw a bottle back into the crowd, causing fans to storm the pitch.