Lens braced for LFP action after violent pitch invasion blights derby with Lille

Lens
general
manager
Arnaud
Pouille
is
certain
the
Ligue
de
Football
Professionnel
(LFP)
will
begin
disciplinary
proceedings
against
his
club,
following
the
ugly
scenes
at
their
Stade
Bollaert-Delelis
home.

Lille
may
also
be
summoned
as
league
chiefs
unpick
the
unsavoury
scenes
that
saw
fans
from
each
club
contribute
to
a
volatile
atmosphere.

Tension
spilled
over
at
the
interval
as
scores
of
Lens
supporters
raced
across
the
pitch
towards
those
who
had
travelled
to
support
Lille.

Pouille
said
the
north-east
derby
trouble
was
bad
news
for
the
clubs
because
it
would
be
“the
image
of
the
region
that
is
affected”.

“I
have
a
clear
idea
of
what
happened,”
he
said,
according
to
L’Equipe.
“But
I
don’t
want
to
influence
anyone
by
speaking
out.
It
is
not
under
our
authority.

“There
were
a
few
actions
that
ignited
the
powder
and
a
reaction
that
is
damaging.
But
in
these
cases,
speaking
out
is
complicated
because
whatever
you
say,
you
make
it
feel
like
you
want
to
influence.

“We
condemn
any
act
of
violence.
There
are
proceedings
that
are
ongoing.
At
the
level
of
the
LFP,
at
the
level
of
justice,
there
will
be
complaints
filed
by
the
club,
and
by
the
opposing
club
also
from
what
I
understood.”

Lille
announced
on
Twitter
at
half-time
that
the
game
was
under
threat,
stating:
“Following
a
pitch
invasion
from
the
home
end
of
the
stadium,
an
emergency
meeting
is
taking
place
to
decide
whether
the
match
will
be
continued
or
abandoned.”

Pouille
said
he
had
spoken
to
Lille
president
Olivier
Letang
at
half-time,
as
the
trouble
occurred.

The
recent
abandonment
of
the
match
between
Nice
and
Marseille
due
to
supporter
violence
was
followed
by
Nice
receiving
a
two-point
penalty,
one
of
which
was
suspended.

According
to
Pouille,
the
trouble
at
Saturday’s
match
could
not
be
compared
to
the
mayhem
in
that
fixture.

“It
is
not
at
all
the
same
circumstances,”
Pouille
said.
“No
players
in
the
[Lens-Lille]
game
were
affected,
the
main
events
took
place
at
half-time.

“Yes,
there
will
certainly
be
a
summons
from
the
disciplinary
committee,
we
will
discuss
with
them
at
that
time.”

Lens
went
on
to
win
1-0
against
last
season’s
champions,
who
have
made
a
rocky
start
to
their
title
defence.

Lille
head
coach
Jocelyn
Gourvennec
said
he
had
been
unaware
of
the
precise
circumstances
behind
the
trouble.
The
game
was
held
up,
with
40
minutes
between
the
end
of
the
first
half
and
the
beginning
of
the
second.

“Half-time
incidents?
We
had
already
returned
to
the
locker
room.
I
don’t
really
know
what
happened,”
Gourvennec
said.
“We
were
informed
by
the
delegates
and
Mr
Millot
[referee
Benoit
Millot]
who
spoke
to
the
coaches
and
captains.

“It
was
just
a
bit
long,
it
lengthened
the
half-time,
we
had
to
do
a
warm-up
again,
it
was
not
ideal.
I
do
not
know
more.
I
hope
there
were
no
injuries.”

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