SHOCKING scenes played out in France as TEAR GAS was released onto the pitch during a Ligue 1 game.
The clash between Toulouse and Montpellier was overshadowed as fans, believed to be in the away end, fired tear gas onto the pitch in the second half.
Players were left unable to breathe after tear gas was thrown on the pitch
Staff were also affected by the gas
There was a 15-minute delay before the game was able to resume
The gas left players unable to breathe and scratching at their eyes as the ugly scenes played out around the 57th minute mark.
Play was suspended until the gas cleared, seeing a 15-minute delay in proceedings..
Hosts Toulouse were already winning 4-1 at the time.
And following the resumption of play Montpellier did manage to cut the deficit by one goal, while Toulouse saw Mikkel Desler sent off for a second bookable offence.
The events in France follow on from a Saturday’s tragic incident in Indonesia.
Riots after a game between Arema FC and derby rivals Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium left at least 125 people dead.
A pitch invasion had ensued following the game, with riot police using batons and tear gas to try and regain control.
Harrowing footage showed out-of-control spectators climbing over fences as they tried to escape the smoke.
Responding to the tragic events FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “This is a dark day for all involved in football and a tragedy beyond comprehension.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives following this tragic incident.”
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