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Match abandoned after Bastia fans attack Lyon players

Match abandoned after Bastia fans attack Lyon players
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Bastia's home game with Lyon in French Ligue 1 was abandoned at half time after supporters of the Corsican side twice invaded the pitch and attacked the visiting players. A hardcore section of home fans at Bastia's Armand Cesari stadium targeted Lyon's players as they warmed up before the game, causing it to be delayed by more than 50 minutes, and then again as the two sides went in for the break with the score at 0-0.

"We must stop, we must stop, they hit the players," Lyon coach Bruno Genesio told club president Jean-Michel Aulas in the corridors of the stadium. Bottom-of-the-table Bastia are likely to have points deducted for the latest trouble involving their supporters. Bastia were punished in February over racist abuse directed at Nice striker Mario Balotelli while the Nice team bus had its windows smashed.

"Following the new incident at the end of the first period, the LFP decided to definitively stop the game between Bastia and Lyon," the French professional football league said. In the first incident Lyon players fled to the dressing rooms and kick-off was consequently delayed as captains and officials from the two teams and league officials held talks over whether the game should go ahead.

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