The encounter of Nice and Marseille before the international fixture which was abandoned due to the mass brawl involving the fans, the players and staff is set to be replayed next month. It has been reported that Ligue 1 administrator, FLP (French Professional League) has come to a decision to contest the match again on 27th October in a neutral venue behind the closed doors to avoid similar issue on the date determined later.
The decision came this week following the suspension handed over to the parties involved last week. Christopher Galtier’s side has been docked two points, ordered to play their three home games without fans and definitely lose their advantage on that match as they were already leading 1-0 through a single goal of Danish international Kasper Dolberg. Meanwhile, Marseille star Dmitri Payet was suspended for one game, the center back Alvaro Gonzales is sanctioned for two matches whereas their physiotherapist Pablo Fernandez has been banned for nine-month till June, 30 2022.
The incident, as a matter of fact, took place in Nice’s home turf, Allianz Riviera on 22nd August with more than 32,000 spectators in it. On around 70th minute, Dmitri Payet was the target of the die-hard fans’ projectile and bottle throw when he was about to take the corner kick. Feeling furious, the former West Ham man shockingly retaliated by throwing back those objects to the home fans leading to a row with some fans who entered the pitch. Apparently, such has triggered the involvement of Payet’s teammate and one of the staff, Pablo Fernandez to react and defend him. Such disgraceful scene had to be toned down by the riot police assisted by security officials but only the home side was ready to continue. OM refused the idea of resuming the match.
Nice and Marseille are the two sides which have risen from the mid table to be the next PSG’s strong contender this season. The former is currently led by the man who brought Lille to their unlikely Ligue 1 victory last season to cancel out Le Parisien’s domination, Christopher Galtier. He has revamped the squad and turned into the tough opposition to beat. Their solid defence with the underrated superb goal keeper on the backline has kept Nice clean sheet in four games so far. The latter one, OM, has started off quite well when the Argentine boss, Jorge Sampaoli. They have picked up ten points from three wins and one draw. Yet, their defence is still in need of a lot of improvement as they have already conceded five.
The result on the clash on 22nd of August was inevitably an advantage for Walter Benitez and Co. The replay would see Nice face another test to prove their strong mentality to snatch a point as well as have consistency against the high profile team as Olympique Marseille. Both sides are respectively sitting on the fourth and fifth on the table.