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Marseille match abandoned after Nice fans storm pitch for brawl


Bottles were thrown at players and punches were exchanged in the altercation

Marseille's Ligue 1 match against Nice on Sunday has been abandoned after the visiting club refused to emerge from the dressing room after Nice fans invaded the pitch to spark a brawl.

The referee blew for the final whistle with only the Nice players in sight following a brief suspension to proceedings, and according to Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) rules, Marseille have been handed an automatic 3-0 defeat pending further review.

Members of the crowd had pelted Marseille players with objects in the lead-up to the chaotic fight, and fans charged the playing surface when forward Dimitri Payet's responded to them after being struck near the corner flag.

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