* The moment when chaos broke out
This Sunday the League 1 lived a shameful episode tainted by violence in the match between the Nice and the Olympique Marseille when the footballer Dimitri payet He reacted against the local ultras and threw them a bottle that they had thrown onto the playing field as a projectile. Security agents were overwhelmed and the playing field was about to become a battlefield.
The meeting was 1 to 0 in favor of the local team and the climate in the stadium that had an audience in its stands was hostile for the visiting team. The local fans wanted to make their presence felt and passion broke any limit when with 15 minutes remaining, several spectators threw projectiles into the field of play, just as Payet was about to take a corner kick. One of them hit him on the back.
Fed up with the situation the Olympique Marseille player took one of the bottles from the ground and threw it violently against the stands, while insulting the fans of the local team. His response generated that no less than 50 ultras from Nice jumped onto the field with the intention of hitting him.
The security agents were not enough to contain the crowd that descended from the stands and passed over the security signs with the mission of attacking Payet that by that time he was being guarded by his own teammates while the Nice players tried to calm people down.
* Jorge Sampaoli’s reaction
Fortunately, the situation calmed down and the ultras gradually returned to their places. But when it seemed that everything was normalizing, on the other side of the court Jorge Sampaoli another episode of violence started. While it is not yet clear what made the Argentine coach who plays in front of the Marseille team infuriated, television cameras captured the moment when his own players were separating him from a tumult that he had caused.
The technician tried to fight a member of the staff of the Nice and ended up shouting insults. There, blows were unleashed between security men and Marseille substitutes, but at that time Sampaoli He took the opportunity to go to the locker room and escape a possible attack. Some microphones captured the moment in which he shouted “we have to make decisions”, while pointing to a group of leaders, enraged by the mistreatment his team received from the local bias.
Obviously, the game was suspended momentarily, with the score 1-0 for the locals.
With the players in the locker room, one of the Nice delegates approached the grenade where the ultras are and asked for a microphone that was given to him to address the fans. Thus, he took the floor and explained to them that they should maintain their composure and stop throwing forceful objects on the field of play if they wanted the match to continue. There is no official announcement yet on whether the game will resume.
For the chaos and violence the players of the visiting team Luan Peres, Guendouzi and Payet suffered minor injuries, so they have no intention of resuming the engagement.
The images of the embarrassing episode