Barrier collapse injures Lille fans as they celebrate goal against Amiens

French police officers and members of the stadium staff gather to help Lille supporters following a barrier collapse
Image: French police officers and members of the stadium staff help Lille supporters

French officials say 29 fans have been injured, with four in a serious condition, after a barrier collapsed during a Ligue 1 game.

The fixture between Amiens and Lille at the Stade de La Licorne was stopped in the 16th minute after Fode Ballo-Toure's goal sparked celebrations in the away end that caused a fence separating the fans from the pitch to crumble under their weight.

Dozens of Lille supporters tumbled about five feet onto the side of the pitch, with their fellow supporters falling on top of them, with medical staff quickly rushing to the scene to tend to those injured.

Both teams were sent to the changing rooms and the match was subsequently abandoned, while the Amiens public prosecutor says an investigation is now underway.

"In light of the events, and given the fact that about 20 were injured, three of them seriously, it has been decided that the game would not resume," said match delegate Noel Mannino.

"The club and all of its leaders wants to express solidarity with the injured Lille fans and their families, with their health paramount," read a statement from Amiens.

Built in 1999, the Stade de la Licorne ("Stadium of the Unicorn") is the smallest of the 20 French Ligue 1 clubs, with a capacity of only 12,000.

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