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Dimitri Payet was struck by a bottle and threw it back into the crowd before fans stormed the pitch making the game between Nice and Marseille to be abandoned.
Marseille’s Payet was hit in the back by a bottle thrown from the home supporters as he went to take a corner.
He launched it back, leading to fans pouring on to the pitch as stewards and players struggled to restrain them.
After a long delay, Nice’s players came out to finish the game but Marseille’s players refused to.
The game was abandoned as a result. Nice were leading 1-0 through Kasper Dolberg’s first-half goal.
Some of the Marseille players were reportedly injured in the trouble.
“Our players were attacked,” said Marseille president Pablo Longoria.
“We decided for the safety of our players, who were attacked during the pitch invasion, not to resume the match because the safety of our players was not guaranteed.”
The chaos continued as the players tried to leave the pitch, with scuffles breaking out and Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli having to be held back by his staff.
Marseille players had been targeted by plastic water bottles from that section of the crowd throughout the match, before one hit Payet and saw the midfielder fall to the ground.
In the melee that followed, team-mates Alvaro Gonzalez and Matteo Guendouzi ran towards the end of the ground to face down the fans and Nice skipper Dante then attempted to calm angry supporters.
A security cordon of stewards tried to stem the pitch invasion before a brawl broke out between players of the two teams, supporters and staff.
Players and officials eventually made it off the pitch and back down the tunnel away from the chaos outside.
It comes after Marseille’s opening 3-2 win at Montpellier two weeks ago was also held up when fans pelted the pitch with bottles.
The game was halted in the 89th minute after Marseille substitute Valentin Rongier was hit on the head and Montpellier’s Florent Mollet was also hit as he prepared to take a corner.
There were chaotic scenes before players were told to leave the field.
Nice’s players came back out to finish the match but Marseille’s did not. The Nice players applauded the fans who were left in the ground
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