French league meets over violent incidents at playoff

5/22/2018 1:04:27 AM

PARIS (AP) The French football league has convened an urgent meeting of its disciplinary commission following the violent incidents which marred a playoff match over the weekend in Corsica.

Four players were sent off in extra-time on Sunday as Ajaccio needed a penalty shoot-out to beat Le Havre at the Francois Coty stadium.

Le Havre said one of its players, Jean-Philippe Mateta, was punched by Ajaccio players after he scored his second goal to give Le Havre a 2-1 lead in extra time. Le Havre also said its president, Vincent Volpe, was pushed in the back in the stands at the end of the match, and claims its players received racist abuse and death threats.

The game between the second-division teams was also stopped twice because of fans getting onto the pitch.

Le Havre officials have asked the French league to annul the result of the match and to hand the Normandy club a default victory.

The game was played in a tense atmosphere after home fans threw stones at the visiting team"s bus as it tried to access the stadium on Friday, prompting the French league to postpone the playoff by two days.

The winner of the game takes on 18th-placed Ligue 1 team Toulouse for a place in the top flight next season.