Fans injured as barrier collapses at French top-flight match


Amiens and Lille were playing a domestic match in Ligue 1

Three fans were seriously injured when a barrier collapsed at the front of a stand during a French top-flight match.

At least 18 people were hurt in the incident, which occurred in the 16th minute of Amiens’ Ligue 1 match with Lille at the Stade de la Licorne.

A barrier in front of the away section buckled as fans celebrated Fode Ballo-Toure’s goal, and dozens fell about one and a half metres onto the pitch.

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

Amiens v Lille is seen a local derby, with about 98km (61 miles) separating the two sides.

Amiens are competing in the French top flight for the first time in their 116-year history. Their 12,000-capacity Stade de la Licorne is the smallest of the 20 Ligue 1 clubs.

Lille chief executive Marc Ingla said on Twitter: