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Marseille players and coach suspended as Nice docked points after ugly Ligue 1 brawl

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Nice have been docked two points, one of which is suspended, and must replay their Ligue 1 game with Marseille after a brawl with the crowd led to the match being abandoned last month.

Nice’s punishment also includes a total of three games to be played behind closed doors.

Marseille’s Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle and threw it back into the crowd, causing fans to storm the pitch, with Nice leading 1-0.

The match was abandoned in the 75th minute. However, after a lengthy delay, Nice’s players came out to complete the game but Marseille’s players refused to.

Payet, his teammate Alvaro Gonzalez and Marseille coach Pablo Fernandez have all been sanctioned. Payet received a suspended one-match ban, while Alvaro Gonzalez got a two-match ban.

Meanwhile, Marseille physio Pablo Fernandez has been given a nine-month touchline suspension, until 30 June 2022.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel announced its disciplinary decisions on Wednesday night, saying the match will be replayed behind closed doors and at a neutral location.

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