Police order Nice to shut stand after Marseilles chaos

August 24 – Authorities have ordered Nice to close one of their stands for four games following the ugly scenes that marred their Ligue 1 derby with Marseille at the weekend.

Marseille were trailing 1-0 when Dimitri Payet was hit with a bottle thrown from the crowd and the game was subsequently abandoned because of  pitch invasion when Payet threw the missile back.

Nice had returned to play but the visitors refused, claiming that at least three of their team members had been injured during the incident.

Both clubs were called to a meeting with the French League on Monday after a statement “strongly condemning” the violent scenes.

But the first action against Nice has come from local police who have ordered the south stand at the ground to be shut “in view of the seriousness of the incidents that occurred, and without waiting for the sanctions to be decided by the professional football league (LFP).”

AFP also reported that a 28-year-old man had been arrested and taken into custody suspected of attacking a Marseille player.

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