Ligue 1: Hundreds Of Lyon Supporters Hold Shirts Aloft In Unison As Tribute To Nabil Fekir And His Riot-Inducing Derby Goal Celebration (Video)

Chris Wright

20th, November 2017


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It looks like Nabil Fekir has earned himself instant cult hero status at Lyon thanks to his little riot-instigating goal celebration stunt against rivals Saint Etienne earlier this month.

On a choppy old derby night at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, the Lyon winger reacted to the incessant booing of the home fans by celebrating his side’s fifth goal (in a 5-0 rollicking) in defiant fashion…

Play then had to be suspended for 20 minutes after hordes of incensed Saint Etienne fans invaded the pitch, which in turn led to riot police entering the fray.

Fekir picked up a yellow card for his celebration, his third of the season, meaning that the France international was forced to sit out of Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Montpellier.

However, come the 18th minute (Fekir’s squad number), the Lyon faithful staged a mass show of support for their suspended captain, with thousands of fans holding their shirts aloft in homage to the 24-year-old forward…

The sea of white seemed to be acknowledged by Fekir, who gave a wry smile from the dugout.

As mentioned, the match went on to finish goalless, leaving Lyon nine points adrift of Ligue 1 leaders PSG with 13 matches played.

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  1. Teddy Ballgame says:

    I’m a bit thick.
    Could someone explain me why holding a kit aloft could start a riot?

    • Chris Wright says:

      @Teddy: The Saint-Etienne fans were heckling Fekir all match so when he scored (the fifth goal in a 5-0 derby rout at Saint-Etienne’s ground) he held his shirt aloft in their general direction to show them his name, thus provoking them to charge towards the pitch.

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