Watch Dozens of Rival Fans Violently Clash in This Massive Soccer Riot

The fixture at Parc Olympique Lyonnais kicked off 45 minutes late after clashes between fans before kick-off.

One image showed children being forced to take evasive action, as a hooligan wielding a large object charged towards the section they were sitting in.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas spoke of his anxiety ahead of next week's away leg in Istanbul.

The French expected between 15,000 and 20,000 Turkish fans to come to Lyon for the game, and about 500 police officers were assigned to the stadium.

A violent altercation broke out in the stands minutes before a major European soccer match was set to begin.

A group of Turkish fans from Germany had smashed glass doors at the club megastore after they were unable to purchase tickets to the sold-out match.

Pictures and videos emerged on Twitter of fans clashing in the stands before pouring onto the pitch.

With time running out, Corentin Tolisso levelled from close range and Lyon's turnaround was completed inside two minutes as the veteran Morel struck to earn Les Gones a 2-1 first-leg lead.

The match finally went ahead after Aulas appealed for calm over the tannoy, with Lyon winning 2-1.

The kick off to the game was delayed 45 minutes, because the violence did not stop outside.

"Except that in this instance it's clear we were victims of aggression from Turkish supporters", he told a press conference.

"They took control and given their profile we weren't able to contain them", she said.

"It was a very hard experience, but it was up to me to take responsibility, otherwise we would not have been able to play".

Turkish pro-government media were blaming French fans for Thursday night's trouble.

UEFA has increased security measures at its Champions League and Europa League matches this week after Borussia Dortmund's team bus was targeted by a bomb attack on Tuesday.

  • Julie Sanders