Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes has taken to Instagram in recent minutes to provide an update on his condition following the explosion of a firecracker next to him on the pitch last night in a Ligue 1 match against FC Metz.
The incident saw the match suspended and eventually called off completely after the local authorities could not provide adequate reassurances about safety both for the crowd. The league body will make a determination as to whether or not the match should be replayed or if Lyon should be handed the points automatically in the coming days.
Metz were leading 1-0 when the incident occurred, and if the latter consequence occurs, the relegation candidates will be even more furious with the small section of their fans who created this situation.
FC Metz confirmed last night that they had identified the individuals responsible for throwing the firecrackers in Anthony Lopes’ direction by looking back through video footage and one arrest was made last night in connection with the incident.
Anthony Lopes was taken to hospital for further examinations which have led to the following update from the Portuguese international goalkeeper:
“After having been in the emergency rooms last night and having seen a specialist this morning, Dr Giroud, I want to reassure everyone. I am suffering from a sound trauma which will have no consequences on my future. I will be undergoing treatment for two weeks. Thank you for your support.”