Metz-Lyon Lique 1 Game Abandoned After Keeper Hit by Firecrackers

Updated: 04 December 2016 09:51 IST

The incidents could lead to Metz forfeiting the Ligue 1 match and Lyon being awarded the win.

Metz-Lyon Lique 1 Game Abandoned After Keeper Hit by Firecrackers
Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was hit by a firecracker during the Ligue 1 game on Saturday. © AFP

Metz:

Saturday's Ligue 1 match between Metz and Lyon was abandoned with only 30 minutes played after home supporters threw firecrackers at visiting goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Metz had taken the lead through Gauthier Hein just before play was interrupted at the Stade Saint-Symphorien, with the match officially called off after a 45-minute delay.

The incidents could lead to Metz forfeiting the match and Lyon being awarded the win.

A dazed Lopes was seen lying on the ground after a firecracker was launched in his direction, with a second projectile then exploding underneath the prone Portugal international, according to images broadcast by BeIN Sports. 

Lyon later said that Lopes was on his way to hospital to undergo tests.

"At worst the eardrum could be affected," said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas

"He has a loss of balance and he doesn't know where he is. That's why he was taken to the hospital. The team will wait for him and hope it's nothing serious."

Topics : Football
Highlights
  • The Lique 1 game between Metz and Lyon was abandoned on Saturday
  • A firecracker hit Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes
  • Lyon could be awarded the win following the incident
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