LFP orders Marseilles to play behind closed door after firecracker incident

January 29 – Marseille have been ordered to play home fixtures behind closed doors until officials have finished investigations into a firecracker that was thrown on to the pitch during their last league game against Lille.

The match was held up for 31 minutes in the second half after a firework thrown by a fan exploded close to two players.

A statement from the French Football League (LFP) said it had taken the decision “as a safety measure”.

Marseille’s next home match is against Bordeaux on Tuesday, February 5.

“Because of the nature and gravity of the facts, the committee has decided to investigate the case and during this process, as a safety measure, to play all games at the Orange Velodrome behind closed doors,” the LFP statement said.

Marseille’s Kevin Strootman and Jordan Amavi escaped unhurt from the incident and the referee took both sets of players off the field.

The match had started with a 10-minute strike from home supporters in protest at the club’s owners and coach.  The club are eighth in the table with 31 points from 21 games.

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