The Ligue de Football Professional (LFP) has dropped the hammer on SC Bastia after the abandonment of its home Ligue 1 match was abandoned at halftime.
The match was initially delayed by 45 minutes after home supporters invaded the pitch during warmups and attacked Lyon players, including former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay and backup goalkeeper Mathieu Gorgelin. The match would eventually get under way despite Lyon’s attempts to have it postponed, but at halftime, more supporters entered the pitch and were involved in altercations with Lyon players and staff.
Now, the LFP has punished Bastia by declaring the match a victory for Lyon by forfeit (which usually goes down in the scorebooks by a 3-0 scoreline), and forcing Bastia to play three matches behind closed doors. Bastia has just one more home match left this season – against Lorient – so two games will be played next season with an empty stadium.
The attacks and pitch invasions were attributed to a single supporter group, Bastia 1905. The club filed a lawsuit against the supporter group the day after the match.
One silver lining is that the Corsican club was not hit with a point deduction, which could prove vital in its relegation battle. Nevertheless, Bastia is last in the Ligue 1 table, and with away matches against Marseille and PSG, relegation seems all but assured, if not a mathematical certainty at this point.
His days at Manchester United were anything but spectacular, however, Memphis Depay is out to make a name for himself once more in France.
The Lyon attacker decided that distance wasn’t an issue on Sunday when Depay scored from nearly midfield in the dying minutes of his side’s 4-0 win over Toulouse.
The 82nd minute finish was Depay’s second on the day and fifth goal since joining Lyon during the January transfer window. Lyon currently sits fourth in Ligue 1, 18 points out of the top spot — which is held by Monaco.
Watch Depay’s magical moment below.
Former Manchester United attacker Memphis Depay came off the bench to open his Lyon scoring account with a penalty to cap off a 4-0 win over AS Nancy.
Depay came on for an injured Mathieu Valbuena in the 40th minute and bagged a penalty 13 minutes after the break to complete the scoring, his first goal for his new club after joining in the January transfer window from Old Trafford.
The 22-year-old had come under fire for poor performances in his first two Lyon starts, both losses. He was substituted in the 67th minute in a 2-1 loss to Lille, and then was yanked in the 65th minute in a 2-0 loss to St. Etienne, the latter of which L’Equipe’s notoriously harsh player ratings gave him a 2/10. Depay was promptly benched, but redeemed himself slightly with Wednesday’s performance that pushed Lyon four points above St. Etienne in fourth, although they still sit a whopping 12 points back of Nice in third and 15 behind leaders Monaco.
Lyon fans have criticized the club executives and players for a lack of ambition, unfurling banners before the Nancy game that read “you are unforgivable” aimed at striker Alexandre Lacazette, who announced his intention to leave the club this summer.
Valbuena said after the match that he believes his injury is not serious.
If you’re waiting for angry, bitter Memphis Depay to lash out at his former coach Jose Mourinho, you’re gonna be waiting a while.
The new Lyon attacker, 22, had mostly positive things to say about Mourinho in an interview with Lyon’s web site.
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Now yes, it’s normal to expect Memphis not to use his new club’s platform to lambaste his old club, but there isn’t even really a shred of bitterness.
From Sky Sports:
“His words were nice. In Manchester, I always worked as I had to. For me personally, it wasn’t all that easy, I needed to play. But we didn’t have a bad relationship,” Depay told OL TV.
“He’s a great coach and a great person. Now we’ll see here how I play. In any case, I think he has said good things about me.”
The quotes are enough that you consider whether to post them. But in the age of vitriol and ambition to rip apart controversial managers, it seems notable to show that Memphis handled how he was treated quite well.
Given the amount of buzz surrounding Lyon’s supposed interest in Memphis Depay, it’s no surprise this one got done.
The Ligue 1 side has agreed to buy the Manchester United winger for a fee that will range between $20 and $27 million. Reports claim the Red Devils have both buy back and sell-on clauses inserted in the deal.
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Memphis was purchased for approximately $30 million from PSV Eindhoven in May 2015. That was hot on the heels of a 22-goal season that paced the Eredivisie.
After scoring two goals for United in his second appearance for the club, Memphis managed just 7 in 45 appearances. He hasn’t scored in seven matches this season.
Memphis has 27 caps with five goals for the Netherlands, and it’s hard to imagine he won’t reinforce his status with a prolific spell in France.
Lyon is fourth in the Ligue 1 table, eight behind third place PSG and 11 points back of leaders Monaco and Nice. The club is in the Round of 32 for the French Cup, and meets AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Europa League.