Lyon's Europa League tie with Besiktas delayed amid crowd disturbances


Lyon's Europa League tie with Besiktas delayed amid crowd disturbances

Besiktas fans have reportedly been involved in clashes with French police and rival supporters ahead of their side's UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg match with Lyon on Thursday, delaying the game.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said his club's fans have already been banned from traveling to Turkey for the return leg, a decision he called "unfair" and "illogical".

According to an AFP reporter, Lyon supporters poured onto the pitch as they attempted to protect themselves from firecrackers and other objects raining down from the stands above.

Masked fans fought with police as smoke bombs were also set off in the ground.

There were also problems in the north entrance to the stadium as police were forced to use tear gas to control clashes between opposition fans.

Besiktas are charged with offences relating to fireworks, as well as the crowd disturbances.

Thousands of French Turks made the journey to Lyon's new stadium for the first leg, and many paraded through the city centre with flares ahead of the tie.

Two late goals earned Lyon a 2-1 victory over Besiktas in a match delayed by crowd trouble.

After a 9:50 p.m. kickoff in Lyon, Besiktas led at halftime through Ryan Babel's low shot in the 15th minute.

After Besiktas scored its opening goal, fans once again lit off fireworks.

"It's not every day that you get the opportunity to play in a European quarter-final so it's very unfortunate that all this has happened around the game".

Besiktas continued to exploit poor Lyon defending from set-pieces, with both Marcelo and Anderson Talisca squandering gilt-edged opportunities to extend the visitors' advantage.



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