Labrune out to avoid more trouble

Marseille president Vincent Labrune is hoping to avoid being further punished after taking steps to prevent a repeat of the ugly scenes in their clash with Lyon.

The 1-1 draw at Stade Velodrome on September 20 was marred by crowd trouble, with play delayed for more than 20 minutes when home fans launched bottles and flares onto the pitch.

Les Phoceens were subsequently ordered to play their next home match with the stands closed behind both goals, although a final judgment is set to be passed by a league disciplinary commission on October 15.

The Mediterranean outfit are planning to implement protective netting around the stadium to bar supporters from throwing missiles onto the field of play, and Labrune insists the club have done everything in their power to prevent a repeat scenario in the future.

He told French radio station RTL: "After that I'd emphasise – it might sound silly but it's better saying it – there were no deaths, no injuries, no confrontations, no pitch invasions.

"What there was was three bottles thrown. That's something that we condemn. We're going to make sure that it won't happen again but it's something that happens frequently in football.

"There's a system of laws in place and there's no reason that we might be punished beyond the existing scale."

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