Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a bottle thrown from the public during the league game between Lyon and Marseille, at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium, on Sunday night. The game was halteded and Payet had received treatment. Later, the stadium announcer said the game would resume but warned a further incident would lead to game over. Finally, after a wait of almost two hours, at approximately 10:45 p.m. local time, the game was abandoned. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said on the club’s official Twitter account: “We send (Payet) our apologies.” The match was postponed. The perpetrator has been arrested. The individual in question was isolated. The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) released a statement in which it called the incident a “cowardly attack.”
“Despite the firmness of the decisions of the LFP’s Disciplinary Commission since the start of the season (points deductions, matches behind closed doors, stands closed) and the work put in with the government in order to sanction more effectively violent individuals in the stadiums, these new serious incidents act as a reminder that the security of matches is the responsibility of the host club and local authorities, to whom the final decision falls as to whether a match will restart or be definitively stopped,” it said. Monday, after an emergency meeting of the LFP’s Disciplinary Commission, was announced that matches played at Lyon’s Groupama Stadium should be played in front of no fans until the Commission makes its final decision on the matter on Wednesday, December 8.