Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia

Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia

Bastia fans attack Lyon players on pitch

"The LFP condemns in the strongest possible terms the incidents which occurred before the match and at half-time of the match SC Bastia / Olympique Lyonnais".

PARIS Olympique Lyon players fled the pitch after a pre-match training session when they were charged by supporters of Corsican side SC Bastia, according to television pictures and a Twitter statement from Olympique Lyon on Sunday.

And videos of the incident show one supporter running on the field to confront former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, and then all hell breaking loose as fans streamed from the stand behind the goal to take aim at Lyon's players - including back-up goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin, who was hit by a home fan.

The despicable scenes in Corsica are the second time in four days that a Lyon match has been marred by crowd trouble and pitch invasions.

Younousse Sankhare's victor in the 65th minute lifted the visitors to fifth place with five matches left to play. At 1816BST, they added: "Official, #SCBOL will not return!"

"The players all huddled together".

On Thursday, Lyon's Europa League meeting with Besiktas began 45 minutes late after visiting fans threw projectiles and fireworks onto the home supporters, forcing them onto the Parc OL pitch. "Both they and the coaching staff are very shocked", said Berthod. Players from both teams went back to their changing rooms before calm was restored.

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Lyon and Besiktas and there will likely be a French league investigation into the latest events, with the LFP adding: "The LFP asked SC Bastia to take all necessary measures to allow stadium bans to be imposed on the individuals responsible for these actions".

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