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Lille Fans Storm The Pitch After 1-1 Draw With Montpellier

Lille Fans Storm The Pitch After 1-1 Draw With Montpellier

It was the second match in a top European league which suffered through fan violence, as West Ham supporters caused numerous delays in a 4-1 loss to Burnley, including one pitch invader who clashed with Hammers midfielder Mark Noble.

With Lopez watching from the stands, about 200 fans broke through the line of stewards and stormed on to the pitch, aiming their fury at the players.

The former Ligue 1 champions have suffered a bad deep in form this season and are now placed second from bottom on the log with just 28points and fans showed their frustrations by trying to attack the home players who were protected by security and stewards off the pitch.

The goalkeeper was presumably not with the team for the game at Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d'Ascq) as he was not named to Lille's provisional squad.

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One of the fans hit Lille striker Nicolas Pepe in the leg, defender Adam Sumarao was also struck and the president of the club Gerard Lopez was insulted. But finally the fans backed off to the stands.

Lille coach Christophe Galtie said that while the fans have reason to be angry, their behaviour was unacceptable.

'They are fans who lost control, but they are also fans who are unhappy and sad, ' Galtier said.

The home side are enduring a horrid campaign and occupy 19th position in Ligue 1 having taken a mere nine points from 30 on offer since the turn of the year. "I was already in the locker room but the group is quite young and some players were scared".