Ligue 1

Ligue 1 Clash Between Marseille and Nice Abandoned After Fans Storm Onto the Pitch

Payet was struck with a bottle by a Nice supporter in the 75th minute
Payet was struck with a bottle by a Nice supporter in the 75th minute / John Berry/Getty Images

A Ligue 1 clash between Marseille and Nice was abandoned on Sunday night after fans rushed the pitch to confront Dimitri Payet, sparking a violent brawl between both sets of players, staff, and fans.

Payet was hit on the back by a bottle thrown at him from a set of Nice fans as the former West Ham star rolled on the floor before returning to his feet to angrily throw it back into the stands.

The incident led to a number of home fans rush to the pitch to confront Payet, and footage showed one Marseille staff member punch a pitch invader to the floor. With the ugly scenes unfolding before them, the referee suspended the match, while Marseille players stepped into to intervene, confronting the furious Nice supporters.

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere had appealed to the Nice supporters to remain calm, but Marseille players refused to return to the pitch to play out the remainder of the game. French news outlet RMC claimed that Marseille's president Pablo Longoria and former Nice player Jose Cobos had an "altercation" in the presidential area, while Nice duo Jean Clair Todibo and Justin Kluivert were 'struck' by Marseille security.

Marseille president Longoria said: "We need to set precedents for French football. The referee was with us, he confirmed that to us, that safety was not assured. His decision was to abandon the match, but the LFP decided to restart the match. It is not acceptable for us."