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Bastia to redevelop East Stand after Lyon crowd trouble

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 18 Apr 2017

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Bastia are to redevelop the East Stand at the Stade Armand Cesari after their clash with Lyon was abandoned following crowd disturbances.

Sunday’s Ligue 1 match in Corsica was brought to a halt at half-time with the score level at 0-0, the game having already been delayed by 55 minutes after shocking scenes saw some Bastia supporters enter the pitch and confront Lyon players during the warm-up.

The Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) has said it will conduct a full investigation, and Bastia have now opted to take significant action.

A statement on the Bastia website read: “Following the incidents that marred the meeting of the 33th round of Ligue 1 with Olympique Lyonnais, Sporting Club de Bastia has decided to take strong measures to prevent this type of outbreak being repeated in the future:

– Closure of the East Jojo-Petrignani Stand as a precaution;

– All persons involved in the incidents will be banned from the stadium for the maximum duration as defined by the regulations;

– Redevelopment of the East Jojo-Petrignani Stand to maximise security at the Stade Armand Cesari.”

The statement continued: “The Sporting Club of Bastia and the vast majority of its supporters refuse to be held hostage by a minority of people and will fight in order to preserve the values of the club and its place among the elite.”

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