It was aptly described by the newspaper L’Equipe, which added the headline Disgust and shame to the photo of Gross’s bloody head on Monday. The attack on the Lyon bus, which was heading to the Vélodrome stadium, shocked not only soccer France.
In addition to Gross, who remains scarred above his left eye, shards from the spilled glass also cut assistant Raffaele Longo. “I hope with all my heart that this can be a lesson for the future,” Grosso wrote on Instagram. “It could have been a tragedy for our sport and all who love it. Thanks to everyone for your support.”
On Sunday, it wasn’t just Lyon’s team bus that was attacked, fans’ buses were also attacked in Marseille. The police arrested nine people. And even before the match was finally postponed, there were racist shouts and heckling in the stands.
The scandal was also discussed in the highest parts of French politics. “Disturbing, disgusting and disgusting,” said the Minister of Sports Amélie Oudéaová-Castéraová.
And football? Punishments from the disciplinarian are awaited, and it is also a question of when and where the postponed match will take place.
“It has to be on neutral ground,” Lyon general manager Vincent Ponsot said on club television. “At the moment, the conditions for the safety of our players are not met in Marseille. And she is the most important for us.”