Grosso Risked Losing His Eye, Confirms Lyon Director

Lyon’s director of football Vincent Ponsot has confirmed Fabio Grosso risked losing his left eye, after a glass projectile hit him just as the team bus was making its way into Marseille’s Stade Velodrome. The ‘Olympique’ derby between Lyon and Marseille was suspended following the violent attacks on the visitors that took place in the southern French city on Sunday.

Ponsot spoke to OL TV and confirmed the extent of the 2006 World Cup winner’s injury.

“Grosso is very tired physically. They put 12 stitches on him. He is psychologically affected like the rest of the group. Yesterday there were medical visits, tomorrow he will see another doctor. There is a follow-up up because the extent of the cut was significant and he risked losing his left eye when he took a glass bottle to the head at high speed. There was a risk of concussion, so yes, he will be monitored closely.” (via Tuttomercatoweb)

Grosso got off Lyon’s bus with a bloodied face, while assistant manager Raffaele Longo was hit in the eye. However, almost all players came out unscathed, in stark contrast to Grosso himself.

Grosso thanked everyone for their support in an Instagram post.

“What happened on Sunday evening could have been a tragedy, and it certainly was for the sport and for all those who love it. I hope with all my heart that it can be a lesson for OUR future. THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND YOUR CLOSENESS. Allez l’OL ❤️… TOUJOURS!,” said Grosso.

Ponsot has asked the clash to be rescheduled on a neutral pitch given the lack of safety conditions in Marseille.

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