PARIS (AP) French club Lens will play its next few home games in an empty stadium in the wake of the fan violence that marred Saturday’s game between the team and its bitter rival Lille, the French league said.
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The league investigated the matter on Monday and imposed the fine as a precautionary measure until the disciplinary committee reaches a final sanction.
A decision is expected to be announced on October 6. Meanwhile, the league has also decided to prevent Lille fans from traveling to away games.
The game between the northern rivals was interrupted for about 30 minutes when fans from both sides clashed at halftime.
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After the first half, a large group of Lens supporters invaded the field and ran to the away section where they tried to confront the Lille fans. Riot police and stewards intervened.
An emergency meeting took place to decide whether the match should continue in Stade Bollaert. After the second half got underway, there was no further violence.
It was the second high-profile incident of the season in France following serious disarray at the Nice-Marseille match in August, which was canceled and replayed next month.