PARIS (AP) — Crowd violence pressured the French Cup game between Lyon and Paris FC to be abandoned at 1-1 on Friday.
At halftime, supporters threw flares round, the sector was invaded, and fights broke out within the stands.
The begin of the second half at Stade Charlety was delayed for about 50 minutes when stadium authorities introduced the game was abandoned.
Paris FC president Pierre Ferracci pointed the finger of blame at Lyon.
“There’s a bunch of idiots who ruined everything, as usual.” Ferracci informed RMC. “And that bunch of idiots, it is the Lyon ultras. (…) It’s apparent that the ultras got here to make a multitude, as regular.”
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas sought to downplay the culpability of his membership’s supporters.
“There are clearly shared tasks,” Aulas informed a information convention. “I don’t think that we are responsible for the incidents.”
Second-division aspect Paris FC opened the scoring in opposition to the run of play within the eighth minute. Gaetan Laura sprinted from his personal half to steer a counterattack and shot by the legs of goalkeeper Anthony Lopes from a decent angle.
Lyon striker Moussa Dembele equalized on the stroke of halftime, choosing his spot from the sting of the field to fireplace into the highest nook.
A spectator named Louis gave his account of the violence to RMC: “At halftime, there were guys behind who climbed up the fence and started fighting. There were a lot of people wearing balaclavas, they had belts, they wanted to smash as many faces as they could. I don’t know if they can be called supporters, but it’s a part of the Lyon section that caused a huge crowd rush. There was a panic reaction. They are nuts.
“Frankly, I was scared for my safety. It’s mind-boggling after everything that happened those past few months, especially with Lyon. The security, that was zero. The riot police came 10 minutes later.”
Lyon supporters are below rising scrutiny after a French league residence game was abandoned in November because Marseille midfielder Dimitri Payet was hit on the pinnacle by a bottle of water thrown from the stands. Lyon was docked a degree by the disciplinary fee whereas Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was handed a 10-game ban for intimidating feedback made to the referee who determined to desert the game.
Crowd violence has been a recurring situation for French soccer this season.
In August, a French league match between Nice and Marseille was abandoned after followers threw projectiles and ran onto the sector. Payet was additionally hit by a bottle in that game and threw it again on the followers. Players and employees members had been even concerned in a brawl. Nice was handed a two-point penalty, together with a suspended level.
Also in August, Montpellier followers threw projectiles at Marseille gamers and play was suspended for greater than 10 minutes. Marseille midfielder Valentin Rongier’s lip was lower by a projectile.
In September, followers invaded the pitch in Angers as Marseille and Angers supporters fought one another.
In September, followers ran onto the sector in Lens and fought one another within the stands within the northern derby with Lille. Also that month, a young person was injured by a seat thrown in a game between PSG and Lyon.
In October, a match between Saint-Etienne and Angers was delayed for about an hour because of a pitch invasion and flares thrown onto the sector earlier than kickoff.
On Saturday, Rennes hosts Lorient in in the one last-64 conflict between top-division groups, whereas Lille performs second-division Auxerre, and Clermont visits seventh-division Nimes Chemin Bas in probably the most uneven matchup of the spherical.
Defending champion Paris Saint-Germain visits fifth-division Feignies Aulnoye on Sunday.
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