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Lyon team bus attacked by Marseille fans

By AAP Newswire

The bus taking Lyon to their Ligue 1 match in Marseille was stoned by home fans who Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said had been lying in wait for them.

The bus was left with two entirely shattered windows after an ambush on Sunday en route to the Stade Velodrome, that echoed similar attacks at the corresponding fixture in 2016, 2018 and May 2019.

"We're not taking it anymore," said Aulas.

Aulas was furious and threatened to boycott the fixture, which kicked-off before a Marseille record crowd of just over 65,000 fans.

"We were bombarded with stones, bottles and other projectiles. It's a disgrace, it's just sick," an unidentified passenger on the bus told regional newspaper La Provence.

On the field, Dimitri Payet scored twice as Marseille held on with 10 men to claim a 2-1 victory that moved the team up to second place, eight points behind leader Paris Saint-Germain, while Lyon is in 14th.

The attacking midfielder netted his goals in the first half as Marseille ended a run of five straight league defeats against Lyon, and no wins in the last 10 league games between them.