Lyon THROWN OUT of French Cup along with Paris FC after shocking violence in last 64 tie…with Ligue 1 side also hit with £43,834 fine and away fan ban after supporters invaded pitch and threw flares at each other
- Lyon and Paris FC have been kicked out of the French Cup after crowd trouble
- Their last 64 match was abandoned after fans invaded the pitch at half-time
- Both clubs were hit with financial penalties for the shocking incidents
- The season in France has been marred by numerous outbreaks of fan violence
The French football authorities have kicked Paris FC and Lyon out of the domestic cup after a match between the two sides was abandoned earlier this month following fan violence.
The last 64 game in the French Cup was suspended when fans fought each other, invaded the pitch and threw flares at half-time, when the score was level at 1-1.
And instead of finishing the match at a later date, the French Football Federation (FFF)’s disciplinary committee decided on Monday to expel the teams from the competition.
Lyon and Paris FC have been thrown out of the French Cup following fan violence in their game
The last 64 game was abandoned at half-time after fans invaded the pitch and threw flares
Paris FC, who play in Ligue 2, were fined 10,000 euros (£8,431) while top-flight Lyon were fined 52,000 euros (£43,844)
A statement from the FFF said that both clubs were responsible for the incidents that occurred.
The ruling means that Nice, who were due to face the winner of the tie in the next round, have been handed an automatic berth in the last 16.
Lyon were also given a suspended ban from the competition and are not allowed to take away fans to matches for the remainder of the Ligue 1 season, although the club had already banned supporters from travelling to away games.
Paris, meanwhile, will have to play their next five home games without supporters, potentially hitting their bid to return to the top flight for the first time since 1979.
Paris are third in France’s second tier, two points from leaders Ajaccio, their campaign fuelled by investment from the Kingdom of Bahrain, who bought a 20% stake in the club in 2020.
It was latest in a series of shocking examples of fan violence in French football this season
The shocking scenes at the Stade Charlety was just the latest in a series of high-profile incidents of crowd trouble in French football this season.
Lyon were docked one point in Ligue 1 after their home game against Marseille was abandoned last month after Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands.
Nice were deducted two points, one of them suspended, after serious incidents during their game in August against Marseille, when visiting players clashed with home fans who pelted them with missiles and stormed on to the pitch.
The northern derby between RC Lens and Lille was hit by crowd problems in September, with the start of the second half delayed after rival fans threw objects at each other before people ran on to the pitch, prompting riot police and stewards to intervene.
There has also been crowd trouble in Montpellier, Angers, Marseille and St Etienne.
Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a water bottle thrown by Lyon fans in August
Marseille players clashed with Nice ultras after they threw a bottle at Payet in another game
Marseille supporters invaded the field during their away Ligue 1 trip against Angers
The government announced a series of measures earlier this month in a bid to quell the violent incidents.
It declared games would be abandoned if a player or a referee is injured by a projectile thrown from the stands.
Among other measures, the government said a decision on whether to abandon a game after any crowd incident would be taken within a maximum 30 minutes after it occurred. It also pledged to uphold more stringent stadium bans imposed on violent supporters.