Fan disorder delays Lyon-Besiktas game in Europa League quarter-final

Sabah, another pro-government daily website, claimed: "Lyon hooligans attacked the Turkish fans, including women and children and afterwards the Besiktas fans responded".

Then at 8.36pm, Pinto tweeted: "Authorities at Stade de Lyon confirm Europa League match between OL and Besiktas can take place".

Lyon face four charges for the setting-off of fireworks, blocking stairways, insufficient organisation and a pitch invasion after a late winning goal.

"Everything... is under the responsibility of Lyon". The game was initially scheduled to kick off around 9:05 p.m. local time in Lyon, but was pushed back 45 minutes.

Masked fans fought with police as smoke bombs were also set off in the ground.

They were dispersed by security guards and no arrests were made.

" under the responsibility of Lyon". It is reported that the Turkish club has traveled with almost 20,000 supporters, and was considered by UEFA as a high-risk rated match.

The Lyon team was getting ready to play Besiktas, a team from Turkey, when the game was delayed because of the fans, notes France 24.

"If there is one who should be punished, it is Lyon, not Besiktas".

President Jean-Michel Aulas and human resources manager Vincent Ponsot have blamed the visiting fans for the trouble but UEFA has not picked sides, citing both clubs for the presence of fireworks.

"The video elements show it".

Incidents inside Lyon's stadium - which hosts the final next season - followed earlier clashes between French and Turkish fans on the streets.

"They took control and given their profile we weren't able to contain them", she said.

"There's no such thing as zero risk", said Saladin.

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