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Thousands of Lyon fans mimic celebration that got Nabil Fekir banned

France forward caused a riot against Saint Etienne with his Messi-esque celebration

How’s this for a show of support?

Thousands of Lyon fans mimicked Nabil Fekir’s controversial celebration while the France international sat in the stands for the club’s clash with Montpellier.

Message sent

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Message sent

The 24-year-old playmaker was suspended for the game on Sunday after being shown his third yellow card of the season for taking shirt off to celebrate a goal against fierce rivals Saint Etienne last weekend.

The Messi-esque shirt presentation sparked a pitch invasion from the fuming Saint Etienne fans who believe Fekir was trying to entice them in a famously ill-tempered fixture.

Fekir was missed on the pitch as Lyon were held to a 0-0 draw though he would have been encouraged by the fans’ show of support.

He just couldn’t resist

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He just couldn’t resist

Fekir has scored 11 goals in 11 league games so far this season, with only Edinson Cavani and Radamel Falcao having bagged more than him in Ligue 1.

Lyon currently sit third in the French top flight, three points adrift of Monaco in second.

Fekir is adored in Lyon

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Fekir is adored in Lyon

Arsenal have been linked with a move for Fekir but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has panned the idea.

“Will Fekir be at the club after the winter transfer window? Of course,” he said.

“And nothing says that he will leave at the end of the season either.

“He is under contract [until 2020] and likes playing for Lyon very much.

“He’s enjoying a period of success football-wise, but also in terms of management as he’s the captain of a Lyon team who has got itself back on track – and that’s also thanks to him.

Troublemaker

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Troublemaker

“In between times, there is the World Cup.

“If France makes the final and he scores the winning goal, of course he’ll get offers.

“But we will do everything to get Nabil to stay. And I think he wants to.”


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