Ligue 1 match abandoned after goalkeeper gets hospitalised by firecrackers

The incident happened during Lyon's game against Metz

Ligue 1 match abandoned after goalkeeper gets hospitalised by firecrackers

Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes. Picture by: Olympique Lyonnais/Twitter

French football was thrown into disarray on Saturday night, when the high-profile Ligue 1 match between Metz and Lyon was abandoned.

Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes was hospitalised after a firecracker thrown from the stand, felled the Portuguese international. A second firecracker also exploded near Lopes and the Lyon club doctor.

The home side led 1-0 when the game was abandoned after 30 minutes. Gauthier Hein gave Metz the lead, before Lopes was hurt. The game was abandoned after an hour-delay.

The abandoned game hurt Lyon's chances of moving to fourth place in Ligue 1. The seven-time French champions stay in fifth place, a point behind Guingamp, but have played a game less.

Lopes, who was part of Portugal's Euro 2016-winning squad, was hospitalised for sound trauma. Metz confirmed after the game, that the had identified the culprits.