Olympique de Marseille vs. Olympique Lyon has been postponed due to a bus attack that left Fabio Grosso with serious injuries.
A Ligue 1 match between the teams ranked tenth and twentieth was postponed.
After leaving, Lyon manager Grosso had to have his bloody facial injuries heavily bandaged.
The referee conveyed desertion even though the owner of Lyon desired to complete the match.
Sunday night’s Ligue 1 match between Marseille and Lyon was called off due to an attack on the visiting team’s coach, which left manager Fabio Grosso with face injuries.
According to Le Parisien, while traveling to Stade Orange Velodrome, stones were hurled at Lyon’s coach, causing serious damage. Social media videos appear to show large gaps in the windows, and Grosso is shown with a bulky bandage over his head.
A few minutes prior to the scheduled kickoff time of 19:45 GMT, the game was officially postponed.
Referee Francois Letexier stated at a press conference that “a crisis meeting took place, which allowed us to take into account the opinions of the relevant parties following injuries to members of Lyon’s staff.”
“OL was against the tie happening. It was decided not to start the match after considering the league’s process as well as OL’s decision. It is not going to happen. The choice has already been made. The relevant authorities will decide what comes next.”
In the immediate wake, authorities on both sides were incensed.
“No [we didn’t ask to cancel the match],” Lyon owner John Textor insisted to Prime Video Sport, demonstrating the team’s continued desire to participate. Not too long afterward, we held a team meeting. It was determined by our squad to play. They were prepared to play and desired to play. I applaud the captain greatly for his desire to do that. It was decided without consulting us. Our desire was to play football. We’re irate.”
Pablo Longoria, president of Marseille, continued, “It’s not acceptable. I genuinely believe that what transpired with Fabio Grosso must be stopped; it is intolerable. It is an occurrence that is not possible in football. Simply put, they are careless fools. It infuriates me to ruin a party for 65,000 people in a stadium due to carelessness. particularly since it is inappropriate for both society and football.”
The Competitions Commission of Ligue 1 will decide when to reschedule the match.
Thus far, the seasons for the two French titans have not been easy. Marseille is in tenth position, eight points behind third-place Monaco, while Lyon is down in twenty, having failed to win a league game. After 10 games, Nice leads PSG by one point. On Sunday, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Brest 3-2 with a late goal.