Bastia (France) (AFP)
Bastia have closed the stand from which its fans twice invaded
the pitch and attacked Lyon players in a French Ligue 1 match
last weekend that was abandoned at half time.
After legal complaints filed by two Lyon players on Monday the
Corsican club closed the stand and promised to upgrade security.
The club, vowing it won't be "taken hostage by a minority", has
also promised that everyone involved will be identified and is
pursuing police action.
Bastia said that the "Jojo-Petrignani stand" -- from which the
pitch invasions were launched before Sunday's game and again at
half time -- would undergo a security overhaul before its
reopening to maximise safety at the Armand-Cesari stadium.
Already rock-bottom of the French top flight, Bastia go before a
French League disciplinary commission on Thursday hoping against
a heavy penalty.
"I cannot see the leaders of French professional football
punishing the entire club because of what a few dozen people
did," Bastia president Pierre-Marie Geronimi told RMC Radio
Geronimi added that a member of the stadium staff accused of
colluding in the attack had been fired.
Sunday's game was called off at the break with the score at 0-0
but no one was arrested at the ground.
Riot police later fired tear gas to disperse a mob of Bastia fans
waiting for the Lyon team coach to leave the stadium.
The French league's disciplinary commission is certain to hit
Bastia hard after it docked them one point -- suspended -- and
ordered the club to close its East Stand for three games over
racist abuse directed at Nice striker Mario Balotelli earlier