‘Le Derby’ between Lyon and Saint-Etienne was brought to a halt near the end of a dramatic contest.
The Ligue 1 encounter saw Lyon put their local rivals to the sword in what was a 5-0 drubbing. The match was far from smooth sailing however, as Nabil Fekir’s celebration of his second goal and Lyon’s fifth sparked a riot at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
Fekir, who’s stellar form this season has caught the attention of clubs further afield of France, found himself one-on-one with St Etienne goalkeeper in the 84th minute.
It was his celebration, aping that of Lionel Messi’s earlier this year, in front of the home support that caused the chaotic scenes.
Chaos ensued in the Lyon derby when a provocative celebration caused St. Etienne fans to riot in the stands! pic.twitter.com/9czjTkcSSa
— Goal (@goal) November 5, 2017
Police quickly attempted to restore order to proceedings, but the game was delayed for almost a half hour before the last five minutes-plus-stoppage time could be played.
While the provocation is unfortunate in it’s own right, it also detracts from what has been the latest in a series of fine performances for Nabil Fekir, who relished goading his Rhone rivals.
Lyon captain Nabil Fékir, who was substituted immediately after his inflammatory celebration: "I do not regret doing it." (C+)
— Get French Football (@GFFN) November 5, 2017
The Frenchman has scored 12 goals in all competitions so far this season, and plundered a fine individual effort earlier on against St Etienne before the approaching storm.
This was a little bit special from Fekir! pic.twitter.com/S5HhUZWLIG
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) November 5, 2017