Four arrested over Bastia violence

Four people were arrested in Bastia on Monday as part of an investigation into violence which marred the Corsican team’s match against French Ligue 1 rivals Lyon, judicial sources said.

A hardcore section of home fans at Bastia’s Armand Cesari stadium targeted Lyon’s players as they warmed up before the game on April 16, causing it to be delayed by more than 50 minutes, and then again as the two sides went in for the break.

Two Lyon players Anthony Lopes and Mathieu Gorgelin have filed police complaints after being attacked by Bastia fans during the game.

Bastia’s next home game against Rennes on April 29 will be played at a neutral ground with no fans allowed.

Other disciplinary measures against the club who are already bottom of Ligue 1 and facing relegation next season could follow on May 4.

The violence followed crowd trouble several days earlier at Lyon who hosted Turkish team Besiktas in the Europa League quarter-final.