French sides Olympique Lyonnais and Paris FC have both been expelled from this season’s French Cup by the disciplinary commission of the French Football Federation (FFF).
Fight had broken out between the fans of both teams inside Charlety Stadium (Paris FC’s homeground) at halftime when the scores were one goal apiece.
Soon pitch invasion occured as fans of both teams stormed onto the pitch, although they were eventually cleared off after police intervention, the game was abandoned with the stadium announcer urging fans in the stands to leave the stadium.
Also present in the upheaval was the spat that occured between the Presidents of both teams as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas and Paris FC president Pierre Ferracci both appeared to blame each other for the crowd trouble that led to the abandonment of the game.
The FFF statement has it that it has “decided that the two clubs are responsible for the incidents that occurred during the match,”
The body also fined Paris FC a French Ligue 2 side €10,000 while Lyon who have suffered a point loss already this season for the same reason have been fined €52,000.
Apart from that, Lyon have been forbidden to take their fans on any away trip in the league for the rest of the season even though the club already set that in motion themselves having earlier announced they would ban their fans from making away trips.
Paris FC fans didn’t escape the arms of the law as the capital based club will have to play five home matches behind closed doors.
Two people were injured (a supporter and a policeman) in the chaos while three Paris fans have been arrested with two charged, although the arrests weren’t made that day.
Gaetan Laura had opened scoring for Paris FC early in the game before Moussa Dembele equalized few minutes before the break.
This incident is just another of the numerous cases of crowd violence at French stadiums this season and is the second time Lyon and its fans will make such unwanted list as their home game in the league against Marseille was also called off after Marseille captain Payet was hit in the head with a plastic bottle.
The verdict means Nice who have been drawn to face the winner of the tie will go straight into the Round of 16.