Saturday, 15 April 2017

Lyon Charged By UEFA Following Crowd Trouble

Lyon have been charged with insufficient organisation of their supporters after crowd turbulences seriously delayed the start of Thursday's 2-1 Europa League victory over Besiktas.
Tension between rival supporters in the east-central French city spilled into the Parc OL before kick-off, with a barrage of projectiles from the upper tiers forcing fans on to the pitch and casting the viability of the fixture into doubt. The trouble eventually abated and the teams were able to start the game 45 minutes later than planned, with Lyon recovering to beat the Turkish champions 2-1 in the quarter-final's first-leg. 

A statement from the governing body on Friday evening said disciplinary proceedings had been opened, with Lyon charged on the basis that fireworks were ignited, stairways were blocked, and that there was insufficient organisation regarding the segregation of supporters.

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