Lens Ordered To Play Behind Closed Doors After Pitch Invasion
Umer Jamshaid 1 month ago Mon 20th September 2021 | 10:30 PM
Paris, Sept 20 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 20th Sep, 2021 ) :French football authorities on Monday ordered Lens to play their home matches behind closed doors until further notice after a half-time pitch invasion marred their 1-0 win over northern rivals Lille.
A final decision will be taken after the case is thoroughly examined five days later.
Dozens of Lens supporters stormed the Stade Bollaert-Delelis pitch on Saturday to confront the visiting Lille fans stationed in a corner of the ground after tensions flared with other spectators.
Riot police intervened to separate the factions of opposing supporters as both sets of fans hurled seats at each other over a partition wall.
Six people sustained minor injuries and police made two arrests.
Lens have filed a complaint over the damage caused and the use of smoke bombs, local prosecutors told AFP.
The second half of the match was delayed by 30 minutes.
Nice supporters invaded the pitch and confronted Marseille's Dimitri Payet, who had thrown a bottle lobbed at him back into the crowd. A brawl then broke out involving players and spectators.
League officials ordered Montpellier to close two parts of their ground for the next three home games.