Nice v Cologne delayed because of fan violence

Kick-off has been delayed in the Europa Conference League game between Nice and Cologne because of violent clashes between rival supporters.

Fans fought in the stands of Nice’s Allianz Riviera, with flares thrown.

Police intervened to end the trouble but the players had not started warming up shortly before the scheduled start time of 17:45 BST.

Cologne later confirmed the game would kick off at 18:40 BST, provided there were no further incidents.

“[We] condemn every form of violence in the strongest possible terms,” they said in tweet.external-link “We stand for a sporting, fair and respectful behaviour with one another.

“We apologise to all the peaceful fans who had made it a football festival up until this point.”

Cologne captain Jonas Hector addressed the crowd through the PA system and called for calm.

“We really want to play the game with you. We also want that game to take place. But we have to say that we do not like to see this,” he said.

“We worked hard last year and in the play-off. And we would very much like to do this with you and we ask you to keep calm and support us as much as possible.”

  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Nice

Formation 4-4-2

  • 90Bulka
  • 23Lotomba
  • 25Todibo
  • 4Costa Santos
  • 15Bryan
  • 28Boudaoui
  • 21Beka Beka
  • 19Thuram
  • 10Diop
  • 24Laborde
  • 7Delort

Substitutes

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 5Bech Sørensen
  • 8Rosario
  • 14Brahimi
  • 18Ilie
  • 26Bard
  • 29Pépé
  • 33Mendy
  • 42Viti
  • 77Boulhendi

Köln

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 20Schwäbe
  • 17Schindler
  • 15Kilian
  • 4Hübers
  • 14Hector
  • 28Skhiri
  • 7Ljubicic
  • 11Kainz
  • 18Duda
  • 21Tigges
  • 29Thielmann

Substitutes

  • 1Horn
  • 3Pedersen
  • 5Soldo
  • 6Martel
  • 8Huseinbasic
  • 23Adamyan
  • 25Lemperle
  • 33Dietz
  • 37Maina
  • 40Urbig
  • 45Schwirten
  • 48Strauch
Referee:
Luís Godinho

Match Stats

Home TeamNiceAway TeamKöln
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home1
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home4
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Corner, Nice. Conceded by Florian Kainz.

  2. Post update

    Corner, Nice. Conceded by Florian Kainz.

  3. Post update

    Offside, 1. FC Köln. Florian Kainz tries a through ball, but Jan Thielmann is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ondrej Duda (1. FC Köln).

  5. Post update

    Sofiane Diop (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Kingsley Schindler (1. FC Köln) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gaëtan Laborde (Nice).

  8. Post update

    Corner, 1. FC Köln. Conceded by Sofiane Diop.

  9. Post update

    Ondrej Duda (1. FC Köln) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Khéphren Thuram (Nice).

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ondrej Duda (1. FC Köln).

  12. Post update

    Hicham Boudaoui (Nice) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Kingsley Schindler (1. FC Köln).

  14. Post update

    Sofiane Diop (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Florian Kainz (1. FC Köln).

  16. Post update

    Hicham Boudaoui (Nice) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steffen Tigges (1. FC Köln) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jan Thielmann with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Corner, 1. FC Köln. Conceded by Joe Bryan.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Nice 0, 1. FC Köln 1. Steffen Tigges (1. FC Köln) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jan Thielmann.

  20. Post update

    Dejan Ljubicic (1. FC Köln) hits the left post with a right footed shot from more than 35 yards. Assisted by Jan Thielmann.

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