French football game is abandoned after safety barrier collapses

Posted October 02, 2017

All the Lille fans who were injured during the match have left the Amiens hospital.

Safety barrier collapsed during the League 1 match between Amiens and Lille in France's Amiens injuring 25 fans, four of them seriously.

Plenty of Lille fans had made the relatively short trip to Amiens, and the small away section was completely full.

Television pictures showed dozens of fans falling onto the pitch, and the match was suspended following a security meeting.

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The incident occured in the 15th minute as the visiting fans celebrated Fode Ballo-Toure's scoring the opening goal.

An update from Lille's official Twitter account on Sunday said: "Six people are still hospitalised this Sunday morning, but the news is reassuring".

The local prosecutor said he had opened an investigation into the incident.

"Lille hopes the cause of this accident is quickly identified, for our fans and the victims and that this never happens again".

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Ingla added: "Professional football demands a certain number of organisational requirements, and in this context, these statements seem inappropriate and irresponsible".

The match was abandoned.

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