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Fans of the Lens host invade the pitch at half-time to battle their visiting opponents Lille |  French football

Fans of the Lens host invade the pitch at half-time to battle their visiting opponents Lille | French football

More unfortunate scenes in French Championship. This time, at least it didn’t include Attack the playersBut the resumption of the second half was delayed by more than half an hour. In the first half of the Lens x Lille North derby, at the Félix Poulet-Delles stadium, a group of home team fans got out of their seats next to the pitch and swept across the grass in an attempt to fight the visiting opponents present in the sector. On the other side.

Security guards handcuff spectators in the stadium at the Felix Polaert stadium during the first half against Lille – Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Private security had to intervene, and the police took measures to detain some vandals. The lawn irrigation system has been turned on.

Security guards handcuff spectators in the stadium at the Felix Polaert stadium during the first half against Lille – Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The break ended much longer than the usual 15 minutes, and the players needed to continue warming up on the field on the way back into the second half. Officers placed a side line, between the Lens fans’ stands and the lawn, to ensure the safety of the match.

Police arrest a Lens fan at the Felix Boullert stadium during the first half against Lille – Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

The current champion of France, Lille surrendered to his opponent. Polish midfielder Frankowski scored the winning goal for Lens 1-0, in the 29th minute, with a cross kick inside the area. It was the first time the host team had defeated their opponent in the French Ligue 1 in 15 years. The most recent was in April 2006.

Police officers stand in front of Lens fans at the Felix Boullert stadium to ensure the match against Lille continues – Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Seventh last season, in first place outside the qualifying zone for the European Championships, Lens finished second, unbeaten with 12 points, three points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain. Lille has only five in the standings, with one win, two draws and now three defeats.

Jonathan Aykon is flagged by Przemyslav Frankowski in front of a row of police officers and stands with fans at Lens x Lille – Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

This is the second time this season that problems with the fans hinder a match in a French championship. Last August 22, it was My derby in the south of the country, between the hosts Nice and Olympique de Marseille, had to be stopped After the fans threw so many things on the lawn that they ended up hitting midfielder Payet. The player responded by throwing the bottle again, invading the field and Attacks on his No. 8 shirt, Brazilian defender Luan Perez, former Santos, and defensive midfielder Matteo Guenuzi..

Smoke among the Lens fans at the Félix Poulet-Delles Stadium (Photo: REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

a Liga 1 punish Nice with a point lower in the rankings due to insecurity on the field and the match was rescheduled, with the gates closed and on neutral ground. He also suspended until the end of the season Pablo Fernandez, assistant coach of Argentine Jorge Sampaoli from Olympique, for hitting one of the field invaders. In addition, he took defender Alvaro Gonzalez from two matches and Dimitri Payet from one match.

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