It’s just not going well for the French champions OSC Lille in Ligue 1 at the moment. Tenth place in the table is only on the books, the title defense has long been over with 21 points behind Paris Saint-Germain. On Sunday evening, Renato Sanches also caused the biggest excitement of the match day in France. The former Bayern midfield star showed the opposing supporters the middle finger.
What happened? OSC Lille played Olympique Marseille at the end of the 21st match day on Sunday evening. After the Portuguese had set up Sven Botman’s 1-0 lead in an exemplary manner with a corner kick, Lille conceded the equalizer from Cengiz Ünder with 75 minutes to go.
The atmosphere at Marseille’s Vélodrome was quite heated throughout the season, although with just under 5,000 fans only a fraction of the spectators’ seats were filled. Lille have been down a man since the 32nd minute after Benjamin André was sent off with a second yellow card.
Sanches shows the finger after substitution
Renato Sanches was repeatedly confronted with boos and abuse from OM supporters, but was initially able to hide his anger. After the 24-year-old was substituted in the 90th minute, the pent-up frustration erupted against the Marseille supporters.
The midfielder gave the spectators behind the Lille-Bank the middle finger and caused a real scandal.
The referee Amaury Delerue initially didn’t notice the action, so Renato Sanches’ finger gesture had no consequences.
Whether the former Bayern player will still be punished for his offense remained open for the time being.
In the French Ligue 1, a lot of negative headlines have been produced this season after incidents with the spectators. The highlight in this context was the abandonment of the game between Olympique Lyon and Olympique Marseille in November after OM star Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle.