Nice docked points as Marseille players and coach are suspended after Ligue 1 brawl

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Alvaro Gonzalez was banned for two matches with his Marseille team-mate Dimitri Payet. He was also handed a suspended ban of one match

Nice were docked two points and one is suspended. They must play again in their Ligue 1 match with Marseille, after crowd trouble caused the match to be abandoned on 22 August.

Dimitri Payet, Marseille, was struck by a bottle. He threw it back in the crowd, prompting fans to storm the pitch.

Payet, Alvaro Gonzalez, Payet and Pablo Fernandez, the Marseille coach, have been sanctioned.

The match will be replayed behind closed door and in a neutral location.

Nice was punished with three games behind closed doors.

On Wednesday night, the Ligue de Football Professionnel announced its disciplinary decision with Payet receiving a one-match suspension.

Alvaro Gonzalez, the Frenchman's teammate, has been banned from two matches. Pablo Fernandez, Marseille's physiotherapist has been suspended for nine months. The suspension will last until June 2022.

A crowd of over 32,000 attended the match at Nice's Allianz Riviera stadium. After the 20-21 season, which was mostly behind closed doors because of coronavirus restrictions, spectators were allowed to return inside France.

It was abandoned at the 75th minute with Nice leading 1-0. Fans stormed the pitch after Payet launched a glass back into the stands, having been hit in the back by it, as he prepared for a corner.

After a long delay Nice's players finally came out to end the game. But Marseille's players refused.

France's authorities ordered the closure of a 4-match stand and made an arrest.

Two weeks later, Marseille's win at Montpellier 3-2 was also halted by bottles-throwing fans.

The game was stopped in the 89th minute when substitute Valentin Rongier from Marseille was hit on the head. Montpellier's Florent Moullet was also hit as the latter prepared to take a corner.

The 4-0 victory of Nice over Bordeau on 28 Aug - their first home game since the Marseille match – was played without any fans.

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