Rangers Euro rivals point deduction thrusts unruly Celtic fans into focus
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Rangers Euro rivals point deduction thrusts unruly Celtic fans into focus

Europa League rivals Lyon suffered a Ligue 1 point deduction ahead of their clash with Rangers after their fans hit Marseille attacker Dimitri Payet with a missile in a moment which resembled a recent clash at Celtic Park.

The French side will be rueing the deduction which comes after the match with Marseille at the Groupama Stadium was suspended when it was only five minutes old following the bottle connecting with the French international.

Both sides were sent to the dressing room before the game was eventually abandoned two hours later, the incident originally occurring as Dimitri Payet prepared to take a corner.

This was after further crowd trouble following the announcement of an arrest regarding the incident, with authorities originally planning on restarting the match and Lyon even coming out for the restart.

This is the second time Dimitri Payet has been caught up in such an incident with Nice deducted two points – one suspended – and the French international given a one-match ban after Payet threw a bottle back into the crowd, causing fans to invade the pitch in an August clash.

Lyon point deduction puts Celtic fan assault on ex-Rangers player into focus

The point deduction is also of particular interest in Scotland after shameful scenes at Celtic Park during a recent clash between the Parkhead club and Hearts.

Ex-Rangers winger Barrie McKay was assaulted with a bottle as a nefarious section of Celtic supporters lobbed missiles in his direction at a corner, ranging from cups to coins to bottles.

Perhaps if such a deterrent was introduced in Scotland it would prevent supporters crossing the line and attacking professional football players.

Rangers fans too have been no angels in this regard in the past and the situation in Ligue 1 should act as a warning to Scottish football and may set an interesting precedent for the football authorities.

Whilst the point deduction won’t affect Lyon in the Europa League, it leaves them on 22 points, lingering in 12th place in the French top flight.

Ahead of the Euro clash between Rangers and Lyon, Gers boss Gio van Bronckhorst has been talking up his friendship with the French club’s manager.

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