The French Ligue 1 game between Nice and Marseille was abandoned on Sunday when fans of the home team stormed the field and angrily troubled opponent Dimitri Payet, who left behind in the crowd before an ugly fight broke out. A bottle was thrown from the stands during the football match on Dimitri Payet and he threw it back to the crowd.
Marseille eventually refused to restart the match, with club officials claiming that the safety of their players could not be guaranteed. The prosecutor’s office in Nice told France-Presse on Monday that an investigation had been launched into the incidents on Sunday evening. “Investigations are on, but no one is in police custody,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ligue de Football Professional (LFP) in France said it had called both clubs for a disciplinary hearing on 25 August. Problems arose in the 75th minute at the Allianz Riviera stadium on Sunday when the Marseille star Payet, who was targeted every time with plastic bottles in a corner, threw one back to Nice fans.
In a scuffle, Marseille’s Alvaro González and Matteo Guandouzzi ran to the end of the field to confront the fans. The good commander Dante tried to pacify the angry spectators. Before a fight broke out between the players, fans, and staff of both teams, a circle of stewards dressed in yellow vests tried to stop the attack on the field.
Eighty minutes after the suspension of play, Nice, who was leading by a goal from Kasper Dolberg, said he wanted to resume. However, Marseille wanted the match to be put on hold forever. “The authorities had decided to restart the match, but Marseille does not want to do so,” Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere told Prime Video. According to a source, referee Benoit Bastian also opposed the reinstatement. Eventually, the match was abandoned when Marseilles refused to continue.