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Marseille-Lyon called off after Lyon manager Fabio Grosso injured in attack on team bus by fans

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Sunday’s Ligue 1 match between Olympique Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais was abandoned after Marseille fans attacked Lyon’s team bus and left Lyon manager Fabio Grosso injured.

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The bus was approaching Marseille’s Stade Velodrome ahead of the match when fans of the home team attacked Lyon’s bus with stones. Grosso was eventually seen leaving the team bus escorted by two assistants guarding his face with his hands, which were covered in blood, per ESPN.

No details on the severity of the injury were shared publicly, though an image of Grosso with a bandage wrapped around his head appeared on social media soon after the attack.

A meeting between Lyon president John Textor and the players reportedly took place in the locker room soon after the attack to decide whether or not they wanted to play the match. The match was called off just before it was scheduled to kick off. Ligue 1 has not yet announced when the match will be rescheduled for.

Fan violence has previously plagued this fixture, most notably in 2021 when a Lyon fan hit Marseille’s Dimitri Payet with a bottle. The game was subsequently abandoned and then resumed behind closed doors, and Lyon were¬†docked a point because of the incident.

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