Olympique Lyonnais and Paris FC have been excluded from the Coupe de France after abandoning their game earlier this month due to crowd disturbances, the French Football Federation (FFF) announced on Monday. The December 17 episode in Paris saw supporters fight and some of them came onto the pitch to throw flares at half-time as the score tied at 1-1.
It was the latest in a series of incidents that have marred French football this season, leading FFF president Noel Le Graet to say it was “disastrous” and “shameful”. The disciplinary commission of the FFF also imposed a fine of 52,000 euros on Lyon (58,890 dollars) while the second division Paris FC was fined 10,000 euros.
Lyon supporters have not been allowed to attend matches away from national competitions for the remainder of the season. Lyon also received a suspended French Cup suspension for the 2022-23 season with a warning that they will be sent off again if their fans are found guilty of violence resulting in the match being stopped.
Lyon were already at a point https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-france-violence-idUKKBN2IN26O in Ligue 1 after abandoning their home game against Olympique de Marseille last month after Dimitri Payet from Marseille was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands. Following the decision of the FFF, Nice goes directly to the next round.
($ 1 = 0.8830 euros)
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