The match between Lyon and Marseille was stopped after the Mediterranean midfielder Dimitri Payet was hit in the head by a water bottle thrown from the fans of the northern stand of Groupama stadium in Lyon on Sunday in the 14th stage of the French Football League.
Referee Rudi Bouquet decided to stop the match about seven minutes after its start and asked the two teams to return to the dressing room, while Payet received treatment on the field. Payet was preparing to take a corner kick when the projectiles landed next to him, so that the referee reported what was happening to the match delegate.
With calm returning to the north stand of the stadium, Payet tried to play the corner again, when he was hit in the ear with a water bottle thrown from the stands. The Marseille captain remained on the ground for long minutes, surrounded by players from both teams and members of Marseille’s medical staff.
Payet was subjected to boos and insults by Lyon fans during the warm-up period, knowing that it was the second time that he was exposed to a similar situation after he was injured by an explosive device during his team’s match against Nice at the beginning of the season in August.
The match was halted a quarter of an hour before the end, before it was repeated behind closed doors and on neutral ground in Troyes on October 27, when it ended in a 1-1 draw.
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