- Grosso suffered serious facial injuries after stones were thrown at the bus
- Lyon traveled south to Marseille ahead of their league game on Sunday
- The bus arrived damaged and Grosso was seen bandaged after treatment
Lyon’s team bus was attacked ahead of their Ligue 1 clash against Marseille on Sunday evening, injuring coach Fabio Grosso.
The two football clubs are well-known rivals in French football and Lyon’s team bus was hit by a flood of stones and bricks on its way to the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille.
Grosso, a former world champion from Italy, suffered serious injuries and was bleeding profusely as shards of glass smashed into his face.
When Grosso reached the stadium, he received immediate medical attention from on-site experts to control the bleeding. The incident led to discussions about whether the game should continue, although no decision had been made at the time.
Grosso was heavily bandaged by medical staff at the stadium as the rocks thrown at the bus shattered the glass and injured his face. The game was canceled due to the attack.
Lyon coach Fabio Grosso sustained injuries in an attack on his team’s bus before the game against Marseille
The Italian arrived on the ground after treatment with his head heavily bandaged
Lyon’s team bus eventually made it to the ground, but was badly damaged by the attacks
The police escort did little to prevent an attack on the bus, in which both stones and fireworks were reportedly thrown
Grosso’s assistant Raffaele Longo reportedly suffered an eye injury from broken glass when the windows on the right side of the bus gave way during the attack.
The players who got off the bus appeared visibly shaken by the incident. The extent of the former full-back’s injuries is currently unknown.
Before the scheduled 7:45 a.m. kickoff, meetings were held at the stadium at which it was decided to postpone the game.
Footage shared on social media appeared to show the team bus being escorted to the ground by police while hooded fans booed and threw objects at the vehicle.
Firecrackers were apparently seen being thrown at the bus, which was apparently damaged, as sirens sounded in the background.
Dozens of people appeared to have been involved in the attack, with the bus at times being a stationary target for those throwing objects.
Images from inside the stadium appeared to show Lyon fans trying to break through the net separating fans from the pitch in the stands.
Lyon fans attempted to smash the net to prevent them from accessing the pitch in the ground
Grosso was appointed Lyon coach just a month before the game, replacing Laurent Blanc
Fans threw objects at the bus as it neared the final game ground and a fierce rivalry ensued
The game was eventually abandoned, with spectators looking visibly shaken when they arrived
Grosso was appointed Lyon manager just a month before the attack, replacing former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc.
Lyon’s performances have not improved since his appointment. In the four games after the coaching change he only got one point.
They are currently two points behind Clermont and in last place in the league. Marseille went into Sunday evening’s encounter in ninth place having won three of their first nine league games.
The rivalry between the two clubs dates back to 1945 and is known as the “Choc des Olympiques,” which translates to “Battle of the Olympic Games.”