• Dimitri Payet is back on Sunday evening (8.45 p.m.) against Troyes for the 15th day of Ligue 1.

  • Last Sunday in Lyon, the number 10 of OM was once again the target of projectiles.

  • Payet is one of the Ligue 1 players most targeted by opposing audiences.

A thunder of insults as he is being treated, lying on the ground, after being cowardly hit by a water bottle in the head. Insults towards his wife while the two teams are in the locker room, and no one knows if the match will resume. Nothing is spared Dimitri Payet, the playmaker of Olympique de Marseille since the start of the season. As when he received a first bottle in the back against Nice, last August 22, before returning it to its sender, which had resulted in an invasion of the field and a fight between Nice supporters and Marseille players.

Probably tired of such behavior, and above all "marked psychologically", as its president Pablo Longoria has repeatedly recalled, the number 10 of OM even confided to investigators, when filing a complaint, his fear to have to shoot new corners.

It was also the fact that his children and his family saw his assault live on television, which touched him deeply.

Attacks that do not date from yesterday

“Of course, someone who suffers two assaults is not pleasant, he is affected.

I don't know how he's going to take it.

It's hard to know what someone will feel when they are attacked every time they hit a corner, ”Jorge Sampaoli explained at a press conference on Friday.

If violence has interfered in football rivalries this year, Payet is the first victim, and the attacks against him are not new. Last season already, PSG supporters had given him an insulting banner towards Ludivine, his wife, in front of the Parc des Princes. An answer to Dimitri Payet's mockery after PSG's defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final. Over the seasons, the Reunionese has become an ace in chambering. Like when he posted a photo of Neymar on the body of a dog carried by Alvaro after OM's victory at the Parc des Princes last season.

His other favorite target?

The OL of Jean-Michel Aulas, whom he did not hesitate to tackle when he asked for a blank season after his cancellation because of the Covid-19.

Or when he openly criticized his former trainer, Rudi Garcia, who had gone to the enemy a few months earlier.

"Dimitri Payet is the player I hate the most"

“Apart from the Saint-Etienne players, Dimitri Payet is the player I hate the most. Why ? Because he has a past in Saint-Etienne, and just for that I cannot have any sympathy whatsoever. He played in clubs that we do not like, explains Richard, subscribed in a bend of the Parc OL, and who specifies speaking on his behalf. And he really likes to open his mouth, especially against us. I'm not saying he's looking, but he likes hooking up clubs in other cities. And it wouldn't have happened like that with a guy like Sakai for example, he wouldn't receive a whole lot of stuff. "

The supporter admits not following the news of OM, but he perceived a slight change in his behavior, as when Dimitri Payet took a stand against his own supporters after projectiles were thrown at PSG players during the classic, end of October.

Before the match against Lyon, he had avoided adding fuel to the fire by dodging a question about the rivalry between the two clubs.

This did not prevent him from being attacked once again.

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