Lyon - Besiktas match delayed by crowd trouble

Rosalie Stanley
April 14, 2017

Crowd disorder inside the stadium has delayed the kickoff in the Lyon-Besiktas Europa League quarterfinal first-leg game.

LYON boss Bruno Genesio has slammed the crowd trouble that marred his side's Europa League quarter-final against Besiktas.

Authorities had categorised the fixture "high risk", with about 500 police reportedly stationed at Parc Olympique Lyonnais - more than double the usual number.

"Projectiles and Fireworks launched from the top of the stands require supporters to seek refuge on the lawn", Lyon tweeted.

When tensions finally subsided the match went ahead with Lyon winning 2-1.

It followed fighting among rival French and Turkish fans earlier in the city, according to The Sun.

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The match was rearranged to last night where Dortmund lost 3-2 - many people saying the were not in the correct frame of mind to play.

It was feared before the match that the game could be used for a political statement ahead of Sunday's Turkish referendum, which may increase the powers held by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Manchester United took an away lead through Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the Armenian firing home from a tight angle after Marcus Rashford's effort was repelled.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock through Jean-Paul Boetius after 10 minutes, before Pione Sisto leveled matters after 15 minutes.

Davy Klaassen's 23rd-minute penalty and shot in the 52nd from Justin Kluivert's cross were a poor reward for their dominance at Amsterdam Arena. Pione Sisto, Iago Aspas and John Guidetti got the goals.

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