Ligue 1

Trouble disrupts Ligue 1 finale

May 20, 2012

Matches involving the two title-chasing sides in Ligue 1 were both briefly suspended on Sunday due to unrest in the stands.

Montpellier and Auxerre
GettyImagesMontpellier and Auxerre players pick up tennis balls on the field thrown by Auxerre's supporters

Leaders Montpellier, who kicked off the final round of fixtures three points ahead of Paris St Germain, saw their match at Auxerre suspended for several minutes at the start of the second half as home fans expressed their annoyance at their relegation by littering the pitch with tennis balls, tomatoes and toilet paper.

Second-placed PSG had earlier seen their match at Lorient suspended for four minutes during the first half after some of their fans threw smoke bombs, forcing the players from the pitch while the smoke cleared.

Both games resumed, albeit with Montpellier's some 10 minutes behind PSG's.