Chelsea star and Lille OSC legend Eden Hazard urges fans to unite after ugly scenes
Posted: 12 March 2018 Time: 15:00
Chelsea superstar forward Eden Hazard has called for calm from his former club's fans at relegation-threatened Lille OSC following the ugly scenes that marred their 1-1 draw with Montpellier on Saturday.
Hazard, 27, started his professional career at the Ligue 1 side and was part of the historic 2010/11 squad that won the league and cup double - before his £32m (R525m) move to Chelsea.
Despite significant investment from new owner Gerard Lopez, Les Dogues promising season has turned into a nightmare and fans vented their frustration by physically assaulting some of the club's players during a pitch invasion - as their six-game winless run left them in 19th place in the French top-flight.
"This evening, I'm hurting for my Lille," Hazard wrote on his official Twitter account. "Remember, stay united and together in the good times just as in the most difficult moments. Go LOSC!"
Lopez himself also commented on the scenes after the game, claiming the behaviour of the club's supporters was unacceptable and no matter the performances of the team, their actions cannot be condoned.
"Even if we lose 10-0, there is no place for that sort of behaviour," Lopez told AFP, in reference of the fans chants; 'If we go down, we'll kill you.'
"Not the match nor the score deserved such a reaction. We're going to try to leave that behind us to move forward and pick up points to keep ourselves up.
"The club won't use those acts as an excuse. The players are professional and will move forward."