Lille fans charged the field in anger after their team drew Montepellier 1-1. 

By Associated Press
March 10, 2018

LILLE, France (AP) — Fans of struggling French club Lille charged onto the pitch to confront the players who drew with Montpellier 1-1 on Saturday.

At the final whistle, fans spilled onto the field at Stade Pierre-Mauory. Striker Nicolas Pepe was kicked in the leg by one fan and there were further flashpoints between fans and players as stewards struggled to control the situation.

A line of stewards formed on the side of the pitch to hold back about 200 fans, who were chanting insults.

Stewards initially struggled to stop fans from entering the tunnel to the dressing rooms. But finally the fans backed off to the stands.

Club president Gerard Lopez watched from the stands. When Lopez became president, he confidently spoke about his ambition to qualify for the Champions League within a few seasons.

But, instead, Lille is in 19th place and fighting to avoid relegation with only nine games left.

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