The French League forces Nice to play without an audience after the incidents with Marseille


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The French League forces Nice to play without an audience after the incidents with Marseille

The French Professional Football League (LFP) on Thursday sanctioned the Nice club to play next Saturday “behind closed doors” its match against Bordeaux, after the incidents of violence that occurred in last weekend’s match against Olympique de Marseille.a

In this context, the measure of the French Ligue 1 is adopted “on a provisional basis pending subsequent investigations”, which could also sanction players and members of the technical bodies of the Nice and from Olympique de Marseille, a team led by Argentine Jorge Sampaoli, said the Spanish newspaper Sports world.

For his part, Marseille’s physical trainer, Pablo Fernández, was suspended “from all official duties” also on a provisional basis after hitting a fan on the Allianz Riviera pitch.

The match between Nice and Olympique was interrupted in the 75th minute when the forward Dimitri payet, from the Marseille team, received a bottle on his back thrown from the stalls by a fan of the local team and returned it, unleashing an invasion of the field, followed by attacks between the players of both teams.

The Marseilles He refused to resume the match, as decreed by the French League and the government authorities, considering that the safety of his players was not guaranteed.

In parallel, the French Prosecutor’s Office ordered an investigation into the invasion. The fans involved risk a prison sentence of up to three years and a fine of 45,000 euros..

The episode has shocked France, whose Sports Minister, Roxana Maracineanu, warned that “a red line has been crossed” for which there will have to be sanctions.


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