After the stoning of the team buses and supporters of Olympique Lyonnais before the ultimately postponed match between Marseille and OL on Sunday evening, some fans of the Gones made monkey gestures and Nazi salutes in their section inside the Vélodrome stadium. The LFP announced on Monday that these actions will be examined by the disciplinary committee based on the reports that will be sent to them. John Textor’s club is at risk of facing sanctions.
French football experienced one of its saddest evenings on Sunday. The clash of the 10th round of Ligue 1 between Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais was postponed to a later date due to the violent stoning of the Lyon team buses and their supporters outside the Vélodrome stadium.
If Lyon fans were eventually able to enter the OM stadium, they also caused incidents that could cost their club dearly. Some OL supporters were noticed making racist gestures, including monkey gestures and Nazi salutes towards the OM supporters in the North Stand, in an extremely tense atmosphere.
Members of the far-right group Mezza Lyon spotted at the Vélodrome
Like during the away game against Reims (2-0) on October 1st, the group of Lyon supporters included certain members of the far-right group Mezza Lyon. They were banned during Jean-Michel Aulas’ presidency but have returned and been present for certain away games, such as in Champagne or Sunday evening in Marseille.
Since these incidents took place inside the Vélodrome stadium, the Lyon club is facing potential sanctions. This Monday morning, the LFP announced that the racist gestures made by supporters inside the stadium will be examined by the disciplinary committee based on the reports that will be sent to them. On their part, John Textor’s club strongly condemned the « unacceptable racist behavior of individuals in the section on Sunday. » « The club has requested videos in order to identify those responsible for any act that goes against the law, as well as against its values, and emphasizes its desire to keep them away from the stands, » stated OL in a press release.