Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Lille players targeted by fan fury

Lille players targeted by fan fury

Eden Hazard has called on fans at former club Lille to "stay united" with the relegation-threatened Ligue 1 side in turmoil.

Lille players had to be rushed to safety from their own fans when hundreds of angry supporters invaded the pitch on Saturday. The draw against Montpellier was their sixth game without a win.

Despite significant investment from new owner Gerard Lopez, Les Dogues promising season has turned into a nightmare and fans vented their frustration by physically assaulting some of the club's players during a pitch invasion - as their six-game winless run left them in 19th place in the French top-flight.

Lopez himself also commented on the scenes after the game, claiming the behaviour of the club's supporters was unacceptable and no matter the performances of the team, their actions can not be condoned. Lopez had promised fans that the club would qualify for the Champions League when he had come to power.

"They are fans who lost control, but they are also fans who are unhappy and sad", Galtier is quoted as saying by ESPN. "I don't accept that my players are punched, that my players are treated this way".

"My players gave everything and have done so for a certain time now".

Lille against Montpellier was the second match on Saturday in one of Europe's major leagues to be marred by severe fan unrest, with West Ham supporters repeatedly entering the field during their 3-0 Premier League loss to Burnley as protests against the club's board turned violent at London Stadium.

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