Thursday, September 23

Fans flood the pitch after Payet returns the water bottle


Nice vs Marseille suspended due to fans flooding the pitch after Dimitri Payet threw a bottle into the crowd / A Marseille staff member saw a fan fall

An absolutely chaotic scene unfolded during the Ligue 1 match between OGC Nice and Marseille on Sunday night.

Dolberg on target

The Allianz Riviera was the scene of the last Gameweek 3 match in the top flight in France.

Nice, with a solid start to the new campaign, welcomed Marseille to the southeast coast, for a much-anticipated showdown.

The scoreboard for the night opened early in the second half, when Kasper Dolberg, no doubt still brimming with confidence thanks to his exploits for Denmark at Euro 2020, scored three goals in as many games to start the season.

Jordan Lotomba’s surge and launch from the right saw Dolberg free himself at the front post, to nod home in style.

Payet causes chaos

However, as stated above, it is not the action in front of goal that has in fact stolen the headlines on the Riviera tonight.

Instead, this has come in the form of an utterly chaotic sequence of events, which have actually resulted in a suspension of the match for the time being.

Within the final ten minutes, Marseille’s Dimitri Payet recovered the ball to line up a corner kick.

However, when the former West Ham player made his way to the corner flag, a projectile from the home crowd hit him in the head.

This caused Payet, understandably upset by the situation, to throw one of the many water bottles aimed at the Marseille players back into the stands.

Nice’s ultras, in turn, flooded from the stands to the field, causing what almost turned out to be a disastrous result.

Fortunately, the security presence in attendance managed to intervene, but only after kicks and punches were launched, and a visiting staff member was even seen hitting a Nice fan on his back.

Find a summary of the situation, including photos and videos, below:

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