Shaken Dimitri Payet 'afraid to take corners' ever again after Lyon yob threw bottle at Marseille star's head

SHAKEN Dimitri Payet admitted he is 'afraid to take corners' ever again after a Lyon yob threw a bottle at his head.

The Marseille star, 34, was heading over to take the set piece just four minutes into Sunday evening's Ligue 1 game.

But a full bottle of water smashed him across the face, leaving him needing medical treatment.

As reported by L'Equipe, Payet filed a charge of 'aggravated willful violence' against the supporter.

Police visited the Marseille training ground on Monday to take the ex-West Ham man's statement.

He told the authorities: "We had just started the match when I received a full plastic water bottle at the level of the skull and more precisely at the level of the left ear.

"I immediately felt a sharp pain and fell to the ground. I was stunned.

"I don't know where the bottle came from. I did not see the perpetrator. 


"I stayed several minutes on the ground, the pain was intense.

"I am now afraid of taking corners when I play away."

Payet stayed down clutching his head for around four minutes as the doctors tended to him and Lyon players formed a wall around him to prevent further attacks.

He did not require the stretcher but walked gingerly back down the tunnel, pressing a bag of ice against his face to reduce the swelling.

Referee Ruddy Buquet halted play before the match was abandoned two hours later.

Payet added: “When I returned to the locker room, I realised what had happened to me. 

"I was shocked alone, on the treatment table. I was completely unable to resume the match."

In August, Nice fans lobbed another bottle at Payet before a mass brawl broke out between supporters, players and staff.

The report adds police arrested the mindless culprit in the stands at Lyon's Groupama Stadium on Sunday.

He confessed to the disgusting act and had his custody extended on Monday before facing conviction for 'violence with a weapon by destination in a sports venue'.

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On Monday, the French League confirmed Lyon's next home game against Reims will be played behind closed doors while an investigation continues.

French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu said: "They have to come to an agreement, this kind of problem is for the league to solve.

"Everyone must understand that it's the survival of French soccer that's at stake."

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