Lyon players attacked by fans in Bastia

It chose to call off the match following consultations with local Corsican authorities in charge of public safety.

"The LFP condemns in the strongest possible terms the incidents that occurred before the match and at half-time of the match between SC Bastia and Olympique Lyonnais".

The match was due to start at 1500 GMT but was delayed.

The visitors initially refused to play after being caught up in the attack, but eventually agreed to start the match when order appeared to have been restored.

And videos of the incident show one supporter running on the field to confront former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay, and then all hell breaking loose as fans streamed from the stand behind the goal to take aim at Lyon's players - including back-up goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin, who was hit by a home fan.

The Lyon players returned to the pitch almost 40 minutes later and the match eventually kicked off shortly before 1600.

Stewards managed to get shepherd Lyon's players down the tunnel and into the dressing room.

Lyon, meanwhile, tweeted to confirm that their players will not return for the second half.

"The players have quickly huddled together, they and the staff are very shocked".

"The French league is asking Bastia to take all necessary measures in order to issue stadium bans against those responsible for these acts", the league said.

Smoke from something thrown onto the pitch as Lyon's Corentin Tolisso, center, celebrates scoring a goal during the Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Lyon and Besiktas, in Decines, near Lyon, central France, Thursday, April 13, 2017.

The French club was charged with the insufficient organisation and a breach of safety regulations as their supporters blocked stairways, set off fireworks and invaded the pitch after a 2-1 win in the first leg of the quarter-final.

  • Loretta Pittman