Fan violence delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League

Fan violence delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League

Fan violence delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League

The start of Lyon and Besiktas' quarterfinal matchup in the UEFA Europa League was disrupted on Thursday by fighting, projectiles, and general chaos caused by fans at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

The return game is in Istanbul next Thursday.

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio was saddened and disappointed by clashes between his club's fans and Besiktas supporters before their Europa League clash.

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

The incident comes only two days after Borussia Dortmund's Champions League game with Monaco was suspended for 24 hours after three explosions near the team bus on the way to the stadium.

Trailing at halftime, Lyon scored twice in the last 10 minutes to win 2-1.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas was subsequently seen calling for calm inside the stadium via a loudspeaker.

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There was also trouble involving Leicester City fans when their team played a Champions League tie in Madrid in midweek.

Then at 8.36pm, Pinto tweeted: "Authorities at Stade de Lyon confirm Europa League match between OL and Besiktas can take place".

Still, United will be favored to advance at Old Trafford next week after controlling much of the game in Brussels.

Davy Klaassen's 23rd-minute penalty and shot in the 52nd from Justin Kluivert's cross were a poor reward for their dominance at Amsterdam Arena.

Thomas Buffel pulled a goal back midway through the second period to revive Genk's hopes and leave the tie on a knife-edge.

Genesio's side were left embarrassed on Saturday as they were comfortable beaten on home soil.

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