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Enraged Lille fans spark riot, invade pitch, assault team

14 March 2018

Lille players had to be rushed to safety from their own fans when hundreds of angry supporters invaded the pitch on Saturday.

Lille are second to the bottom in the league standings and are battling against relegation.

TV footage showed supporters running towards the Lille players and aiming kicks at some of them.

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Nicolas Pepe, who had earlier given Lille a 41st-minute lead, was approached by a number of fans before being shepherded down the tunnel by stewards.

A line of stewards formed on the side of the pitch to hold back about 200 fans, who were chanting insults.

Lille are next-to-last with only nine games left and fans issued a threat if things don't improve.

President Gerard Lopez, the Luxembourg-born businessman who bought the club past year, was in the stands and television cameras caught him shaking his head in disbelief at the scenes that marred the end of the game. But finally the fans backed off to the stands.

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"We understand the reaction but we can't accept that players have been attacked", Lille's Yassine Benzia said after the game.

"They are fans who lost control, but they are also fans who are unhappy and sad", Galtier said. "I was already in the locker room but the group is quite young and some players were scared". We're going to try to leave that behind us to move forward and pick up points to keep ourselves up.

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Enraged Lille fans spark riot, invade pitch, assault team