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Lyon takes action against Marseille after Europa League stadium damage

French Ligue 1 football club Olympique Lyonnais has lodged several complaints against fans of rival Olympique de Marseille following damage caused to its Groupama Stadium during last week’s UEFA Europa League final.

The Groupama Stadium (pictured) hosted Wednesday’s game, which saw Marseille defeated 3-0 by Spanish LaLiga club Atletico Madrid.

Marseille and Lyon have a historic rivalry in French football, and the latter club detailed extensive damage it said was caused by Marseille fans in a statement issued on Friday.

Lyon said damage was caused to doors, turnstiles, lighting and the video surveillance system, while graffiti will need to be removed from the end of the stadium in which Marseille fans were housed.

Lyon also said that 105 damaged seats needed replacing, while goods were stolen from food and merchandise retailers. The club added that pyrotechnic flares launched by Marseille fans before the match damaged the roof of the stadium and the pitch.

“Video footage has been given to the police, in order to identify the people responsible for the damage among the Marseille supporters,” Lyon said.

Lyon added that stadium staff were engaged in work from after Wednesday’s game to address the damage in time for Saturday’s Ligue 1 season-ending 3-2 home win over OGC Nice.

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