Lyon fury over Marseilles venue for postponed Ligue 1 clash

November 10 – The Ligue 1 clash between Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais, rescheduled for December 6 after being postponed due to an attack on the Lyon team bus, will still be played at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome, the French League (LFP) have announced, prompting an angry response from Lyon.

The fixture was scheduled to be played on Sunday October 29 but didn’t take place following the attack with bottles and stones in which Lyon manager Fabio Grosso was injured, suffering a facial injury just above the eye that required 13 stitches.

The missiles hurled by Marseille fans shattered the coach’s windows and Grosso’s assistant Raffaele Longo was also hit by shards of glass.

Lyon’s supporters were also attacked on their approach to the stadium and just minutes before the scheduled kick-off, the game was abandoned.

On November 2, the LFP announced the date for the rescheduled game but no venue was named. The latest ruling has angered Lyon, who said it would appeal after its director of football, Vincent Ponsot, called for the game to be played at a neutral venue.

“Olympique Lyonnais is deeply shocked by the decision of the disciplinary committee to declare itself incompetent to deal with the extremely serious incidents that severely hampered the arrival of its professional squad near the Stade Velodrome on Sunday, October 29,” the club said in a statement.

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