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Another scandal in Messi's new league: court invasion and pitched battle in Lens vs Lille

2021-09-18T18:02:07.787Z

A Ligue 1 match in France had to be interrupted amid dantesque scenes between fans, security and police. There are wounded.



09/18/2021 2:37 PM

  • Clarín.com

  • sports

Updated 09/18/2021 2:37 PM

When Lionel Messi set foot in Paris to play for Paris Saint Germain, he was arriving at one of the most glamorous clubs in the world.

But also one of the hottest leagues when it comes to rivalry and

violence on the courts

.

A sample of this was evident a few weeks ago, when Nice fans invaded the pitch to attack the Marseille players.

That day, Argentine Jorge Sampaoli exploded in defense of his players.

"It's crazy," he yelled.

And this Saturday a very similar episode was experienced again.

In this case, the scandal was unleashed in the

Derby du Nord

, which sounds nice but is lived with the same intensity as a Chicago vs All Boys in Mataderos.

There they crossed the

Lens

and the

Lille

, teams of cities that are separated by 40 kilometers and maintain a rivalry that began in 1937.

Lens fans jumped onto the pitch when they saw that the Lille ultras attacked the local audience.

Photo: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP.

On date 6 of Ligue 1, Lens was hosting Lille and after the close of the first half,

the ultra visitors began to attack a local audience

, located behind one of the arches.

Those from Lille took out the seats and threw them at the other, where families and children were located, according to what they related in the TV broadcast, with concern.

Scandal in France: the police arrest a fan.

Photo: REUTERS / Pascal Rossignol.

But the escalation of violence soared after the Lens ultras, located on the other side of the pitch, jumped onto the pitch to go in search of the Lille men and "in defense of their fans", as they argued, causing the actions of police and security personnel.

The start of the second half was delayed for a few minutes, with several arrested and numerous injured fans who

had to attend to next to the playing field

.

Doctors treat a fan in the classic between Lens and Lille.

Photo: FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP.

When calm returned and football was once again the protagonist of the day, Lens took the game 1-0, with a goal from Przemysław Frankowski, at 20 minutes of the complement, a result that keeps him undefeated

and places him as escort of the contest, three units from PSG

, who will play tomorrow.

Messi's team will have to visit Lens's Bollaert-Delelis Stadium in early December, but they already know that French football is not only the glamor of Paris and the Eiffel Tower but much more than that.

Pour ceux who demands me if des projectiles ont été lancés sur des familles de la Tribune Trannin: #Derby #RCLLOSC pic.twitter.com/z61lHQqQMW

- Basile 'Stadito' Brigandet (@BasileBrigandet) September 18, 2021

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Source: clarin

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