All kicking off in Lyon - a fan walked onto the pitch with a donkey banner with the writing "Marcelo leave the club" on it immediately after OL drew with Leipzig this evening & qualified for the UCL Round of 16. Captain Memphis Depay then went after the supporter. pic.twitter.com/g84NE2TS4M— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 10, 2019
Depay sprinted half the length of the field and tried to yank the banner from the fan, and more Lyon players tried to back him up. T
In a post-match interview with RMC Sport, Depay could not hide his anger at the fan’s behavior.
"I'm upset, angry. We didn't play our best but we're through. We gave everything. When someone on the team's not supported by the fans, what do you expect from the players?
"Who has time to make a banner like that? People have kids, they go to work. Who has time to paint a donkey? If you have time for that, you really need to have something better to do with your life.
"They spat on us. I've never seen anything like it."
Memphis Depay clearly having to be physically moved away from the fan in question by Jason Denayer. pic.twitter.com/yWtDcKHaXm— Get French Football News (@GFFN) December 10, 2019
Lyon manager Rudi Garcia hailed the actions of the former Manchester United man after the match.
"Memphis Depay is a real captain: he acted and spoke as a captain," Garcia said.
"It shows all the cohesion, solidarity and character of this group."
Lyon are currently placed seventh in Ligue 1 but are just three points shy of third-placed Lille ahead of their next league game against Rennes.