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Fan violence delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League

21 April, 2017, 20:26 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
  • Fan violence delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League

Crowd disorder inside the stadium has delayed the kickoff in the Lyon-Besiktas Europa League quarterfinal first-leg game.

The match kicked off with a 45 minute delay.

Earlier, Turkish fans had clashed with security forces in Lyon, leaving a stadium steward injured, an AFP photographer reported.

According to Lyon, "Projectiles and firecrackers thrown from the top of the stands forced fans to take refuge on the lawn ..."

Violent clashes between fans at one end of the stadium followed the throwing of fireworks, with Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas approaching supporters to calm tensions in the stadium.

The fans exited the pitch only after police intervened.

The match was rearranged to last night where Dortmund lost 3-2 - many people saying the were not in the correct frame of mind to play.

The return match is next Thursday in Istanbul which has a reputation as among the most hostile cities in Europe for visiting fans.

On next week's scheduled second leg he added: "I don't know what needs to be done, play behind closed doors or elsewhere but it will be too unsafe for us to play this match with the same fans that were here tonight". "It would be very risky to take on this team (in presence of) the same supporters as tonight".

It comes just days after Borussia Dortmund's team bus was the target of three explosions, which saw Marc Bartra hospitalised, meaning the game was postponed by 24 hours.

In the video above, you can see the rival fans wailing away at each other - with some appearing to use sticks.

The ill-feeling between PSG and Galatasaray still lingers.

European football's governing body have opened an inquiry into the Europa League quarter-final first leg which was scarred by violence and a pitch invasion.

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