Lyon vs Marseille suspended after Dimitri Payet hit with water bottle

Ligue 1 has been hit by further crowd trouble with Lyon vs Marseille being suspended early in the first half after Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle while taking a corner.

French football has been blighted by similar incidents in recent years and there has been no respite this weekend.


Just four minutes into the game at the Groupama Stadium, Payet was struck by a fully-filled water bottle thrown from the crowd. The blow caused the forward to sink to the turf and he required on-field treatment.

Soon after, referee Rudy Buquet told both sets of players to return to the dressing room, as is procedure in these situations.

As reported by GFFN, Lyon ejected the guilty supporter from the stadium and warned that further misbehaviour in the stands would result in sanctions.

Speaking as a television pundit, Thierry Henry said: “What is damaging is that it will have repercussions. In England, for example, it will be seen. A match interrupted by imbeciles. It’s a shame because it puts a strain on our beautiful league.”

The French Football Federation has been criticised for its failure to stamp out crowd disorder in Ligue 1. There has been numerous incidents recently, including Marseille ultras storming the club’s training ground back in 2020 to voice their displeasure at the team’s performances.

This season OM fans have again been embroiled in violent clashes during games against Montpellier, Angers and Nice – though the latter was sparked by an opposition supporter throwing a missile at Payet.

Marseille are not the only side with issues, though, as this latest incident shows.

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Author: XenBet