The Football League (LFP) has decided. Reunited exceptionally in a hotel on the 15the arrondissement of Paris to study this exceptional case, its disciplinary committee decided, Wednesday, September 8, that the Ligue 1 match between Nice and Marseille, interrupted on August 22 after serious incidents, will be replayed on neutral ground and behind closed doors .

In total, OGC Nice is sanctioned with three games behind closed doors. A meeting has already been disputed in this context, against Bordeaux on August 28, as part of the precautionary measures taken just after the incidents.

In addition, the Nice club (which led 1-0 at the time of the facts) receives two penalty points, one of which is suspended.

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On the Marseille side, the Spanish defender Alvaro Gonzalez receives two games of suspension, while his teammate Dimitri Payet is suspended for a suspended match. Pablo Fernandez, the physical trainer of OM who punched a Nice supporter who entered the lawn, is suspended from the sidelines, referees’ locker room and all official functions until June 30, 2022.

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General brawl

These sanctions are the consequence of incidents that occurred during the match, on August 22, of the 3e Ligue 1 day between Nice and Marseille. The meeting was interrupted at the 75e minute after OM player Dimitri Payet, who was about to take a corner, had been the target of ultra Nice supporters. Hit in the back by a plastic water bottle, the playmaker returned the projectile to the audience.

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Dozens of Nice supporters had then invaded the lawn, causing a general fight between supporters, players of the two teams and members of the management of the two clubs. The Spanish defender Alvaro Gonzalez had also participated in the clashes, in particular by sending a ball into the platform of the ultras.

This Wednesday, Dimitri Payet and Alvaro Gonzalez left, in the early evening, the Parisian hotel where the LFP had auditioned them, followed by their coach Jorge Sampaoli. The three men had arrived shortly before 4 p.m.

The Nice delegation, led in particular by President Jean-Pierre Rivère and coach Christophe Galtier, had arrived a little earlier in the day.

These sanctions are “Up to the seriousness of the incidents which had an absolutely exceptional impact and which nonetheless concern a serious attack on the physical integrity of football players, which is obviously totally unacceptable”, explained during a press videoconference the chairman of the disciplinary committee Sébastien Deneux.

“Despite the circumstances of this match, the behavior of Dimitri Payet and Alvaro Gonzalez appeared to us to be punishable on a disciplinary level”, he added.

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The World with AFP

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