A group of hooligans attacked the team buses of Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon in the buildup to the recent Ligue 1 clash at the Parc des Princes.
As reported by Joe Strange of the Daily Mail, both sides were subjected to danger prior to the match that ended 4-0 in favour of the hosts:
Champions PSG confirmed that their vehicle was stoned and had one of its windows smashed as it travelled towards the stadium. Lyon's bus is also believed to have been pelted with stones.
After French TV channel Canal + showed images of PSG's damaged bus, a staff member told AFP: 'The bus was stoned and the front right window was broken.'
Quite worryingly, this is the second incident of violence to overshadow French football in the space of a week. Saint-Etienne fans will receive no away support until the end of the year after visiting supporters tore up and launched seats before their encounter with Nice, per BBC Sport.
Stars such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani and Thiago Silva were amongst those on the receiving end in Paris, although it did little to stop the juggernaut club from steamrolling their struggling opponents:
Incredible photo. PSG bus stoned ahead of match vs Lyon. Their bus also attacked. Security tightened. pic.twitter.com/gbJUxs0yyu— Adam Perkins (@mcfcf1perky) December 1, 2013
Cavani eased any sense of shock by nodding his side in front on 36 minutes, while Ibrahimovic all but confirmed victory with a penalty just five minutes later. Silva then slotted home a third on the hour mark before Ibrahimovic rounded off proceedings with another penalty seven minutes from time.
The match wasn't particularly heated as PSG picked up one yellow card and the visitors notched four. Remy Vercoutre was lucky to stay on the field after conceding the first spot-kick, per WhoScored.com, but the play rarely threatened to boil over.
Although an unremarkable tie, the encounter makes it into the history books for being the first fixture ever in which PSG have failed to start a Frenchman, per BBC Sport. As money continues to be plowed into the club, this is something the capital-based supporters may need to get familiar with.
While both teams emerged unscatched from their brush with hooligans prior to the match, the incident that appeared near Chaville will have Ligue 1 officials on high alert, especially after the previous mishap at the Allianz Riviera.
No pertinent reason or cause of violence has been notified, suggesting the French Football Federation faces a difficult challenge to stop it happening again.