Lille fans attack players after Montpellier clash

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Angry Lille supporters invaded the pitch and tried to attack players at the end of their struggling side s 1-1 draw with Montpellier in France s Ligue 1 on Saturday.

Lille are second bottom, one point from safety, in the Ligue 1 standings.

He had hoped the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa ahead of this season would help the club compete towards the top end of the table but the enigmatic Argentine was sacked late a year ago due to the team s poor form.

Nicolas Pepe, who had earlier given Lille a 41st-minute lead, was approached by a number of fans before being shepherded down the tunnel by stewards. The groups had reportedly assured him that they would support the team until the end of the season.

Despite significant investment from new owner Gerard Lopez, Les Dogues promising season has turned into a nightmare and fans vented their frustration by physically assaulting some of the club's players during a pitch invasion - as their six-game winless run left them in 19th place in the French top-flight.

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"If we go down, we'll take you down", some of them sang, as Lopez shook his head disapprovingly from the stands.

Some West Ham fans entered the field of play during their 3-0 defeat to Burnley at the London Stadium, prompting captain Mark Noble to sling one to the floor, while the visiting players to gave up their seats to young home fans on the bench because of the trouble in the stands - which all stems from Hammers' fans being incensed with the club's owners.

"Invading the pitch and targeting the players will not help", Lille coach Christophe Galtier said.

"They are fans who lost control, but they are also fans who are unhappy and sad", Galtier said.

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