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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield


Another Marseille game was suspended due to crowd problems when captain Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle thrown from the Lyon stands.

The match had barely started when Payet approached the corner flag in the fourth minute, where he was hit in the back of the neck by a bottle.

Payet took a nasty hit from a flying water bottle
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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
This isn’t the first time Payet has had an incident with a flying water bottle
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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli has seen four games suspended this season
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Marseille President Pablo Longoria said: “It’s a dark night for football, we came to play a match. The sporting decision was to stop the game, apart from that there are a lot of questions to analyze but especially sporting.

This isn’t the first time that a Marseille game has been interrupted this season, and neither is it the only occasion where it comes to Payet and a bottle.

During a clash with Nice in August, several objects were thrown on the ground, Payet picked up one and sent it straight back to where it came from.

A month later, in Angers, violence broke out in the crowd, Marseille supporters pouring out onto the pitch and fighting with the stewards.

In October, another Marseille match had to be suspended with riot police intervention when flares were launched between supporters during a Europa League clash against Galatasary at the Stade Vélodrome.

Over the years, many games across the world have been abandoned for both seated protests and outright brawls.

Here, talkSPORT.com takes a look at some of the more notable examples …

AC Milan vs Inter Milan 2005

The game is best known for an iconic image of Marco Materazzi and Rui Costa standing united on the San Siro pitch as missiles swarmed the grass.

Inter and AC share the historic stadium and faced each other in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals in 2005.

Leading 2-0 in the first leg, Carlo Ancelotti’s Rossoneri extended their lead in the second leg thanks to Andriy Shevchenko’s goal in the first half.

Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Materazzi and Costa observe San Siro turf hit by missiles
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However, German referee Markus Merk enraged Inter fans when he refused Cambiasso’s equalizer and missiles bombed the pitch.

AC goalkeeper Dida was himself hit by one of the fireworks and was treated for first degree burns to his shoulder.

The match was temporarily suspended before being abandoned and Milan claimed a 3-0 victory – ultimately losing to Liverpool in the final.

Inter were later ordered to play their next six European games behind closed doors, while they were also fined around £ 132,000.

Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Flares engulfed the land
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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
AC Milan goalkeeper Dida was hit by a flare launched from the stands
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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
He received a long treatment
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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Firefighters came to clean up the flares, before the match was called off
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Blackpool vs. Huddersfield 2015

The Tangerines have been hit with a suspended three-point deduction and a £ 50,000 fine following a pitch invasion in a clash with the Terriers.

The game was the last game in a miserable season for Blackpool in which fans took to the turf in protest against then-president Karl Oyston.

The Seasiders fans had already seen their club relegated to Ligue 2 before the game when they interrupted the game after 48 minutes.

After a sit-in demonstration in the center circle that lasted over an hour, referee Mick Russell was forced to call off the match.

The EFL subsequently declared the result 0-0 while Blackpool was also threatened with closed-door matches if fan issues continued.

Luckily for the fans, Simon Sadler has since made a 96.2% acquisition of the club – which is now back in the league.

Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Blackpool’s game against Huddersfield was declared 0-0 after a pitch invasion
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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Tangerines fans also demonstrated outside the ground against the Oyston family ahead of the matc
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Leyton Orient vs. Colchester 2017

The O’s were involved in one of the most unique scenarios in English football when their game against the U’s was initially abandoned.

Oriental fans stormed the pitch for a protest against Francesco Becchetti’s property.

The Italian had overseen a fall in the National League for the first time in 112 years and poor finances had put them on the brink of extinction.

When fans refused to leave Breyer Group Stadium, the Orient and the EFL announced the match had been abandoned.

Yet, unbelievably, the game resumed once all the supporters had left to play the final eight minutes with Colchester winning 3-1.

The EFL said it recognizes “the right to protest” but felt the match had to end as the U’s were still in a position to advance to the play-offs.

Colchester eventually found himself out of the top six that season while Orient was promoted to Ligue 2 in 2019 after a two-year exile under new owner Nigel Travis.

Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Fans of the Orient stormed the pitch against Colchester in protest against then owner Becchetti
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Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
EFL claimed the match was abandoned to eliminate supporters before the match secretly resumed
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Santos vs Independiente 2018

Santos’ Copa Libertadores return leg with Independiente three years ago has been abandoned under strange circumstances.

The two sides drew 0-0 in the first leg, but hours before the second meeting Argentina’s Independiente won a 3-0 victory.

Santos was deemed to have fielded an ineligible player after CONMEBOL ruled that Carlos Sanchez did not serve a ban on a red card handed in in 2015 while playing for River Plate.

The Brazilian team argued that the midfielder played after CONMEBOL’s own system showed no pending bans and their fans were furious.

Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Riot police were needed during the Copa Libertadores game between Santos and Independiente

Santos appealed and Sanchez was allowed to play in the second leg, but the decision to give Independiente a 3-0 victory in the first game stood.

Santos supporters started launching missiles at the rival bench late in the second leg with the game stuck at 0-0.

Other fans then stormed the perimeter fence, prompting police to push them back with batons and later throw percussion grenades.

The referee interrupted the match in an attempt to quell the violence, but a few minutes later the teams were taken to the locker room and abandoned the match.

Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Santos supporters started launching missiles at the Independiente bench
Dimitri Payet hit with a bottle and Marseille see their FOURTH game of the season suspended, but what other games were called off mid-game including the Milan and Blackpool derby against Huddersfield
Police were forced to wrap batons against the fence as fans attempted to invade the pitch

Grasshoppers vs Sion / Lucerne 2019

The Grasshoppers on the Swiss side were forced to face a lot of protests – but none more than the 2018/19 season.

The Zurich team had participated in the Champions League four years earlier, but they were now on the verge of relegation.

A clash with Sion – who went on to take a 3-0 victory – had to be scrapped in the 56th minute after fans threw fireworks onto the pitch.

The Grasshoppers were already leading 2-0 when supporters bombarded the pitch with pyrotechnics only to have another game abandoned months later.

An away game against Lucerne was interrupted in the second half, with the club losing 4-0 as fans threatened to spill over onto the turf.

Swiss media have said that Grasshoppers fans have asked the players to put their jerseys back on as they are not fit to wear them.

The club said they decided to hand over shirts to fans “because the situation threatened to get worse”.

“The decision does not mean that we approve of unsportsmanlike and humanly questionable behavior,” they said in a statement.

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