Several Marseille players reportedly injured after they were strangled by OGC Nice fans on Sunday’s Ligue 1 fixture.
The match between Nice and Marseille descended into chaos midway through the second half when hundreds of home supporters stormed the pitch after Dimitri Payet was struck by a bottle. Kasper Dolberg had put the hosts in front at the start of the second half.
Marseille players were strangled by OGC Nice fans — and yet the game is about to restart. Unbelievable.#OGCNOM pic.twitter.com/ka3WOcfoxQ
— FrenchFootballReport (@2FReport_) August 22, 2021
But Marseille were pushing for an equaliser causing Nice all sorts of problems.
Marseille were attacking towards the home end when they won a corner with tensions rising among some of the home supporters.
And there was concerning scenes when Payet appeared to be struck by a bottle thrown from the crowd.
The former West Ham star fell to the ground in pain before jumping back in fury and allegedly launched the bottle back.
Nice fans began to invade the pitch
Payet was then spotted throwing another bottle which had missed him earlier back into the crowd again before being held back by his team-mates and some Nice players.
But dozens of home supporters soon made their way down from the stands with stewards struggling to keep them at bay.
Some of Payet’s team-mates joined him in confronting the baying crowd with authorities failing to get a hold of the situation.
The fans soon broke through the barriers to start confronting the players in what soon turned into scary scenes.
Through the barriers to try and confront the Marseille players after the referee blew his whistle for the match to be suspended.
More scuffles broke out on the sideline by the dugouts with both sets of coaching staff getting involved.
The players appeared to take several minutes before all of them left the field with the match suspended.
It’s the second time this season that Marseille have been victims of missiles being launched from crowds.
Midfielder Valentin Roniger was caught in the face by a bottle thrown from a Montpellier fan while celebrating Payet’s goal.
“Giant kisses to the Montpellier fan who threw the bottle at me. Good night to that idiot”.