Angry Lyon fans start FIRES in the stands and fight with riot police after limp 3-0 loss vs West Ham


Furious Lyon fans start FIRES in the stands, fight with riot police and try to storm the pitch after their side’s dismal performance in the 3-0 Europa League loss to West Ham

  • Lyon supporters stayed behind in protest after their 3-0 loss against West Ham 
  • The French side were knocked out at the Europa League quarter-final stage 
  • And angry fans stuck around, some starting fires and fighting with riot police 

Lyon fans were furious after their defeat by West Ham as supporters stayed behind in protest after full time, with some starting fires in the stands and fighting with riot police.

Dozens tried to storm the pitch at the Groupama Stadium while West Ham’s players were celebrating their win but were stopped by steel fences.

The supporters’ anger was aimed at their own team, who are wallowing in 10th in Ligue 1, rather than the Premier League visitors, who beat the French side 3-0 to dump them out of the Europa League at the quarter-final stage.

Angry Lyon fans stayed behind in protest at the end of their side’s 3-0 loss against West Ham

Riot police with batons were deployed as some fans tried to make their way onto the pitch

Riot police with batons were deployed as some fans tried to make their way onto the pitch

Stewards had to put barriers up (pictured) to prevent further aggression from the supporters

Stewards had to put barriers up (pictured) to prevent further aggression from the supporters

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice had been pelted with bottles when he was substituted off in the 89th minute, indicating the home fans were at boiling point. 

There were widespread boos and whistles towards their own players during and after the game, and upon the final whistle their frustration hardened into action.

Talksport’s Ian Abrahams, at the ground, said: ‘Well the reaction from the West Ham fans is obviously overjoyed, but not the Lyon fans, we have a bit of a problem now emerging at both ends behind the goals.

Before the game fans waved flags, chanted loudly and created a raucous and loud atmosphere

Before the game fans waved flags, chanted loudly and created a raucous and loud atmosphere

A fan poster at the Groupama Stadium said 'Our passion will travel across Europe'

A fan poster at the Groupama Stadium said ‘Our passion will travel across Europe’ 

Several fans set off flares before, during and after the game as the atmosphere turned to anger

Several fans set off flares before, during and after the game as the atmosphere turned to anger

‘Behind one goal there was basically barriers separating the fans from the pitch and those barriers have now been pushed up against the police.

‘One of the barriers have been pushed over and two flares have been lit and now the other end to replicate that, again the fans have jumped over the initial hoardings and are now pushing against the metal barriers to try and get to the police.

‘The Lyon fans are really not happy about the situation tonight. A couple of fans are falling over amongst the hoardings as they try to get on the pitch.’ 

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