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France's 'Le Classique' fixture between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain has a tendency to serve up chaos and tonight's game at the Stade Velodrome was no different.
Despite pleas from Dimitri Payet and Marseille president Jacques-Henri-Eyraud to heave, Marseille fans regularly hurled missiles such as paper and bottles onto the pitch during the encounter.
It go so bad, in fact, that riot shields had to be brought out by security to protect Neymar whenever he went to take a corner.
The exact same happened to the Brazilian superstar back in 2017 and he ended up being sent off for two yellow cards in as many minutes.
This time he was replaced by Gini Wijnaldum after an ineffective performance.
📸 - This is how Neymar has to take a corner... pic.twitter.com/CWnfsZ9Lba— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) October 24, 2021
📸 - Another corner PSG, the riot shield are out again. pic.twitter.com/2VqUKCM5Ho— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) October 24, 2021
Lionel Messi was unable to get off the mark in Ligue One in the fixture but he was involved in one of the game's most bizarre moments when he was chased by a fan while dribbling.
On the counter attack in the second half, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner was cutting inside in trademark fashion when an individual wearing a puffer jacket and jeans appeared from out of nowhere.
The fan, having somehow gained access to the pitch with relative ease, put an arm around Messi before stewards eventually removed him from the turf.
📸 - Messi cut’s inside but a random guy from the stands starts chasing him. pic.twitter.com/skW15bLKLc— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) October 24, 2021
📸 - Messi with the fan from the stands. pic.twitter.com/PDDXiaTwDB— 𝐀𝐅𝐂 𝐀𝐉𝐀𝐗 💎 (@TheEuropeanLad) October 24, 2021
PSG summer signing Achraf Hakimi was sent off in the stalemate for bundling over Cengiz Under when last man just before the hour mark.
The referee penalised the Turkey international for handball at first but upon looking at the VAR screen, changed his decision and sent Hakimi off.
Both sides had goals disallowed for offside and it ended all square, with PSG seven points clear at the top following this weekend's results.
Featured Image Credit: Image: Twitter/@TheEuropeanLad & PA Images
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