William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi saw their second match abandonment of the season on Sunday, as their trip to Lyon ended early.

Matteo Guendouzi OM FOOTBALL : OM vs Rennes - Ligue 1 - 19/09/2021 MAO/Panoramic
Matteo Guendouzi OM FOOTBALL : OM vs Rennes – Ligue 1 – 19/09/2021 MAO/Panoramic

In a big game for Marseille against Lyon, with the opportunity to push up into the Champions League places, we only saw five minutes of action.

Arsenal loanees William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi both started the match, and after just four minutes, Dimitri Payet was hit by a water bottle thrown from the stands whilst preparing to take a corner.

Both teams were initially sent to the dressing room, and the Marseille players never came back out.

After a couple of hours, the match was officially called off.

There was a similar incident in August, when Payet was again hit by a bottle.

That time, the former West Ham man threw it back into the crowd, and the fans responded by rushing onto the pitch to confront him.

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Bagarre generale – Jean Clair Todibo OGC Nice – Matteo Guendouzi – Olympique de Marseille FOOTBALL: OGC Nice vs Olympique de Marseille – Ligue 1 Uber Eats – Nice – 22/08/2021 NorbertScanella/PanoramiC

On that occasion, Ligue 1 officials made the surprising decision to continue the game.

Nice (who were winning and at little risk from their own supporters) were happy to continue, Marseille (who were losing and being physically assaulted) were not. The game was eventually abandoned.

Nice were deducted two points, one of which was suspended, and Payet was given a one-game ban.

Perhaps that helps to explain why Payet just stayed on the ground this time, and why Marseille weren’t keen to come back out. They’ll likely be hoping for further points deductions for their opponents.

You can’t blame them for that. If they’re at risk of missiles from fans, those fans should know they’re risking their team being punished for it.

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