Fans seriously hurt as barrier collapses at French top-flight football game

The Ligue 1 match between Amiens and Lille on Saturday was abondoned after a barrier in the away section collapsed, with multiple Lille fans crashing onto the pitch.

Local official Philippe De Mester said the four seriously injured people were not in a life-threatening condition.

The incident occurred in the first half and play was stopped in the 16th minute as officials chose to suspend the tie in which Lille were 1-0 ahead in the northern French derby.

Injured spectators were evactuated from the Stade de la Licorne by the emergency services, and thankfully there were no serious injuries.

The match was abandoned and the stadium evacuated after a security meeting.

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Amiens president Bernard Joannin said only one fan, who was waiting to see a psychologist, was still hospital.

The incident occurred shortly after Fode Ballo-Toure had put Marcelo Bielsa's side ahead in the 15th minute with fans rushing down to the front of their section to celebrate with the visiting players.

Lille supporters fall onto the field after midfielder Ibrahim Amadou scored against Amiens.

"We are giving them all our support".

"The club of Amiens and all their directors express their solidarity with the injured supporters of Lille and their families, guaranteeing that their health matters to us more than anything", Amiens' statement said.

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