Montpellier fans banned from away games and stands closed
The LFP disciplinary committee said Montpellier will be provisionally banned from taking away fans to Ligue 1 games after unrest.
Montpellier have been provisionally banned from taking away fans to Ligue 1 games by the French Football League (LFP).
Fan trouble hits Montpellier support
The LFP's disciplinary committee announced the preliminary measure on Monday following a series of incidents during a derby clash with Nimes a day earlier.
With the rivals playing for the first time in 25 years, the game was marred by a long second-half stoppage.
When Gaetan Laborde put the hosts 3-0 up, supporters of each club faced off in the stands, leading to riot police using tear gas to disperse fans.
A fight has broken out between Montpellier fans & the police, so the derby vs. Nîmes has been temporarily suspended. Strange attitude from the home fans, who are currently 3-0 up. pic.twitter.com/KbCibQZoBu— Get French Football News (@GFFN) 30 September 2018
Referee Ruddy Buquet stopped the match for a period of around 20 minutes, the match resuming after order had been restored by police.
"Given the seriousness of the matter, the disciplinary commission has decided to open an investigation into the matter and provisionally close the away sector for Montpellier fans travelling to games, to close the lower section of the Etang de Thau Stand and the upper section of the Petite Camargue Stand," read an LFP statement released.
Ambroise Oyongo's opening goal in the first half led to a barrier collapsing in one of the Montpellier stands.
Andy Delort also scored for Montpellier in a comfortable win that leaves them third in Ligue 1 after eight games.
This news comes as Juventus await confirmation of sanctions in Serie A after fan chants against Napoli.