Lyon, Besiktas kickoff delayed after crowd trouble

Beth Cruz
April 14, 2017

Projectiles were flung from the upper levels of the stands towards the lower regions of the stadium's seating.

And fans were forced on to the pitch in order to find refuge.

After Besiktas scored its opening goal, fans once again lit off fireworks.

The game eventually kicked off around 45 minutes after it was meant to.

Fans were snapped angrily clashing with armoured police, most wearing black signalling the club's Ultras - and some waving the Turkish flag and letting off smoke bombs.

Trouble was concentrated in a section behind one goal housing Besiktas fans, and followed clashes between rival groups on the streets.

Ajax captain Davy Klaassen scored twice in a 2-0 win over visiting Schalke, whose goalkeeper Ralf Faehrmann stopped a rout.

He said: "We still have no word of a kick-off time but Lyon president Jean Michel Aulas has gone into the crowd to try and calm the situation".

It will be all to play for in the second leg in Genk after the Belgians lost an entertaining clash against Celta Vigo 3-2 in Spain.

"It seems hard to travel to Besiktas".

In the aftermath of that attack, which pushed the game back by 24 hours, UEFA had demanded a re-evaluation of the security measures "wherever necessary". "Well thankfully, if they hadn't invaded the pitch, they would have been trapped by Turkish fans who had turned up in strength, some without tickets".

After emerging from the tunnel, players from both teams clapped the fans before the match got underway.

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