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Game abandoned at half time as Bastia fans attack Lyon players

Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia
Spencer Simpson | 17 April, 2017, 00:43

As you can see in the footage below, Lyon 'keeper Mathieu Gorgelin was caught in the middle of the pitch invasion as stewards desperately tried to hold off the intruding fans.

"Faced with the unspeakable behavior of some of the supporters, the LFP requests that SC Bastia take all necessary measures to allow stadium bans to be imposed on the individuals responsible for these actions and, more generally, tp guarantee the security of matches played in the stadium".

"We must stop, we must stop, they hit the players", Lyon coach Bruno Genesio told club president Jean-Michel Aulas in the corridors of the stadium.

Lyon star striker Alexandre Lacazette, who was not playing, tweeted: "Pfffff shameful!" However, after further chaos at half-time, the league's authoritative body, the LFP, has made a decision to put a stop to the game. The French league said in a statement that, after the first trouble, it had been decided that the match could go ahead but would be stopped if another incident happened.

"The LFP condemns in the strongest possible terms the incidents that occurred before the match and at half-time of the match between SC Bastia and Olympique Lyonnais".

Lyon players have been attacked on the pitch by supporters of Bastia, leading to the Ligue 1 game being delayed for nearly an hour.

That sparked an exchange with a Lyon player and more Bastia supporters from behind the goal quickly streamed onto the pitch.

"The players all huddled together".

"None of them wanted to come back out of the changing room and play the match".

"Lots of them had been throwing balls at the players and they just started pushing them and then a fight broke out". Lyon is facing likely sanctions from UEFA after crowd disorder delayed its Europa League home quarterfinal against Besiktas midweek.

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