Lyon and Besiktas charged after Europa League crowd trouble

  • Lyon and Besiktas charged after Europa League crowd trouble

Lyon and Besiktas charged after Europa League crowd trouble

Football was left scarred by another sickening night of violence as supporters fought in the stands and fans raced to the pitch for safety before Lyon's Europa League tie with Besiktas.

Eventually, police and security managed to restore order and the match was able to get underway around 45 minutes after the trouble erupted.

They also threw metal objects and fireworks at the French fans in the lower stands.

There were a number of firecrackers that exploded over our fans' heads so they had only one option, to flee on to the pitch.

According to The Sun, some fans wearing black clothing - a sign of Besiktas - and waving the Turkish flag clashed with police; the fans also set off smoke bombs.

Clashes between rival fans started hours before the kickoff after around 15,000 Besiktas supporters arrived in Lyon.

Lyon dominated the second half though and, after Tolisso made amends for a awful miss with a close-range effort, Fabri's mistake enabled Morel to seal the victory six minutes from time, giving the Ligue 1 side a slim advantage heading into the second leg.

The scenes followed clashes between Besiktas supporters and French police outside the stadium ahead of kick-off.

There is a return match scheduled for April 20 in Istanbul, which reportedly has a hostile reputation against visiting fans. A minute later, Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri gifted Lyon a victor when he took a backpass close to goal and tried to trick his way past the onrushing Jeremy Morel.

Dortmund's game against Monaco in the Champions League quarter-finals was postponed and played on Thursday.

It remains to be seen if UEFA will take disciplinary action against Lyon or Besiktas.