New match date confirmed after Lyon bus attack

Lyon warned after the attack that an “even more serious tragedy” could occur if action is not taken

The rescheduled match between Marseille and Lyon, which was abandoned after an attack on Lyon’s team bus last month, will take place with fans present at Stade Velodrome on 6 December.

Lyon manager Fabio Grosso sustained facial injuries and his his assistant Raffaele Longo was also struck by projectiles, when the bus was hit by rocks on its way to Marseille’s ground on 29 October.

The French League (LFP) confirmed the game will be played at 9pm local time (20:00 GMT).

French sports minister Amelie Oudea-Castera said that seven arrests had been madeexternal-link after six coaches with Lyon fans were also targeted before the Ligue 1 game.

Social media images showed a bloodied Grosso lying on a stretcher and Lyon president John Textor told Prime Video the Italian had “shards of glass in his face”.

The club initially wanted to play the match, but opinions changed following news of the injuries to Grosso and Longo, with the players’ mental state was also taken into account.

In statements, bottom-of-the table Lyon said it “regrets that this type of situation occurs every year in Marseille”, while 10th side Marseille said it “deplores the unacceptable incidents”.

Last week, Lille said 250 of their fans had been banned from travelling to the Stade Velodrome for their league game because of safety concerns following the incident.

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