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Future Of French Football At Stake – Roxana Maracineanu


France Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says, repeated crowd trouble at Ligue 1 matches is putting the survival of French football at stake.

Last weekend game between Lyon and Olympique Marseille was abandoned after Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the stands five minutes into the tie.

The former West Ham United midfielder had already been struck with a bottle in their clash over Nantes this season. 

The Ligue 1 has been marred by crowd violence, missile throwing and pitch invasions this season and this reoccurring events has raise huge concern on the future of French football.

The French League (LFP) on Monday announced that Lyon will play their next home game behind closed doors, pending an investigation concerning Sunday’s embarrassing event.

Maracineanu while speaking on France Info Radio said: “They have to come to an agreement, this kind of problem is for the league to solve.”

“Everyone must understand that it’s the survival of French football that’s at stake.” “It’s a world where millions of euros are at stake.” She added.

“We can’t allow that, broadcaster who has brought right must keep the conversation moving for more than an hour like they did when we don’t know if the match is going to continue.” 

The French Sports and interior ministries will meet over the issue on Tuesday to address the problem on ground.

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