Former Super Eagles captain, Vincent Enyeama escaped being attacked by Lille supporters in the wake of their 1-1 draw with Montpellier in the French Ligue 1 during the weekend.
The goalkeeper was presumably not with the team for the game at Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Villeneuve d’Ascq) as he was not named to Lille’s provisional squad.
About a hundred Lille fans ran to the field and went to the players of their team after the final whistle, they began to insult the players and threatened them because of the bad results of the team this season.
One of the fans hit Lille striker Nicolas Pepe in the leg, defender Adam Sumarao was also struck and the president of the club Gerard Lopez was insulted.
Reacting to the incident, Enyeama posted on social media : ‘’How did we get here.the last time losc had fans on the pitch was for celebration.the real fan/supporter will always stay behind the team no matter what.good or bad times.tousensemble#onestlelosc#ilfautpasoublie.’’
After 29 rounds of matches in the French Ligue 1, Lille are sitting second bottom with 28 points.
Enyeama has a contract with the club until the end of the 2018-2019 season.
Fans of struggling French club Lille charged onto the pitch to confront, insult, and threaten the players who drew with Montpellier 1-1 on Saturday.
At the final whistle, fans spilled onto the field at Stade Pierre-Mauory. Striker Nicolas Pepe was kicked in the leg by one fan and there were more flashpoints between fans and players as stewards struggled to control the situation. Defender Adama Soumaoro was also reportedly struck.
A line of stewards formed on the side of the pitch to hold back about 200 fans, who were chanting insults at the players and at president Gerard Lopez, just days after Lopez met with fan groups on Monday. They had reportedly assured him they would back the team until the end of the season, but the truce crumbled in seconds.
“You’re dirtying our jersey, you’re dirtying our jersey,” the horde of irate fans chanted at the players.
Lille are next-to-last with only nine games left and fans issued a threat if things don’t improve.
“If we go down, we’ll take you down,” some of them sang, as Lopez shook his head disapprovingly from the stands.
Stewards initially struggled to stop fans from entering the tunnel to the dressing rooms. But finally the fans backed off to the stands.
Coach Christophe Galtier reasoned that the fans had good reason to be frustrated, but said their behaviour was nonetheless unacceptable.
“They are fans who lost control, but they are also fans who are unhappy and sad,” Galtier said. “I don’t accept that my players are punched, that my players are treated this way. We will count the points at the end of the season. It’s only one game.”
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