Suspended sentence for Lyon fan who struck Payet with bottle

The Lyon fan who threw a bottle at Marseille captain Dimitri Payet in a weekend Ligue 1 match was on Tuesday handed a six-month suspended jail sentence.

Wilfried Serriere, 32, was moreover banned from Lyon’s Parc OL stadium for 5 years on account of Sunday’s incident.

Earlier Tuesday French soccer chiefs held catastrophe talks with extreme ranking French authorities ministers to find out strategies to combat the wave of violence that has rocked Ligue 1 this season.

Payet required treatment after being struck on the aspect of the highest as he able to take a nook for the visitors throughout the fifth minute, prompting every teams to return to the altering rooms.

“I have no idea what was going by way of my ideas,” Serriere suggested the court docket docket in Lyon.

A meals provide driver, he was ordered to pay the Marseille skipper one euro in symbolic damages. He apologised to Payet, and talked about it had not been his intention to hit him.

On Monday Lyon had been instructed to play their subsequent home recreation behind closed doorways ahead of a ruling on the affair due from the French expert soccer league (LFP) on December 8.

Sunday’s trouble was merely the latest in a season blighted by crowd violence, triggering the talks in Paris hosted by Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin and attended by the LFP, membership presidents, Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu and Justice Minister Eric Dupond-Moretti.

LFP chief president Vincent Labrune spoke of the “absolute urgency” to hunt out choices, with proposals to deal with the problem on account of be launched subsequent month.

Payet, who had been heckled by Lyon supporters whereas warming up sooner than kick-off, was moreover hit by a bottle all through a recreation at Nice in August.

Nice had been docked some extent.

Last week Marseille had been ordered to play their subsequent home recreation behind closed doorways after trouble in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain.

Payet had generally known as for calm from supporters ahead of the match in opposition to PSG on October 24, nonetheless his enchantment fell on deaf ears as every Neymar and Lionel Messi had been targeted by projectiles.


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