LYON’s Europa League clash with Besiktas was been delayed for 45 minutes after shocking scenes saw home supporters flee onto the pitch in terror after being attacked by visiting fans.
The distressing images from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium follow hours of clashing among rival French and Turkish followers earlier in the city.
Besiktas and Lyon fans fight inside and outside the stadium on day of Europa League tie
Twenty minutes prior to the 8.05pm kick-off, fans began to spill onto the field fearing for their safety as fireworks were set off and missiles thrown towards them from the Besiktas section in the upper tier.
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Jean-Michel Aulas, Lyon president, was among officials on the pitch attempting to restore order.
A number of a harrowing images have now emerged of the violence.
Turkish fans have been clashing with French police all afternoon ahead of the quarter-final tie.
Besiktas fans fight with Lyon fans outside ground in France before Europa League tie
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.
A number of stewards appeared to be wounded in the violence and were led away by police and medics, while one fan had blood streaming down his face.
Eventually, police and security managed to restore order and the match was able to get underway around 45 minutes after the trouble erupted.
Besiktas fans take over the streets of Lyon before their Europa League tieLyon and Besiktas fans run onto the pitch as fighting breaks out in stands pre kick-off
Uefa had stepped-up security measures at all their Champions League and Europa League matches over the past two days following the bomb attack on Borussia Dortmund’s team coach on Tuesday.
That clash was postponed for 24 hours after Marc Bartra was hospitalised following the explosions.