Memphis Depay involved in scuffle with his own fans over banner labelling team-mate a ‘donkey’

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Memphis Depay involved in scuffle with his OWN fans over banner labelling team-mate Marcelo a ‘donkey’ after firing Lyon into Champions League last-16

  • Memphis Depay went from hero to zero after  Lyon’s 2-2 draw with RB Leipzig
  • Lyon came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 and qualify for Champions League last-16
  • Depay’s 82nd minute equaliser sent Lyon through at the expense of Zenit
  • After the game, the winger reacted angrily to a banner held by a Lyon fan
  • The supporter held a banner which labelled defender Marcelo a ‘donkey’
  • Depay attempted to grab the banner before a scuffle unfolded by the touchline 

Memphis Depay was involved in a scuffle with his own fans after firing Lyon into the last-16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Depay scored an 82nd minute equaliser as Lyon came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with RB Leipzig and qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.

But as Depay celebrated his side’s late success on the pitch, the mood shifted when the winger took issue with a banner being held aloft by a Lyon fan.

Memphis Depay reacted angrily to a fan holding a banner labelling Marcelo a 'donkey'

Memphis Depay reacted angrily to a fan holding a banner labelling Marcelo a ‘donkey’

Depay ran over to the fan and grabbed the banner before a scuffle ensued by the touchline

Depay ran over to the fan and grabbed the banner before a scuffle ensued by the touchline

Lyon Ultras ran down to the bottom of the stand before the situation was calmed down

Lyon Ultras ran down to the bottom of the stand before the situation was calmed down

Depay's manager and team-mates ran over to pull Depay away and head down the tunnel

Depay’s manager and team-mates ran over to pull Depay away and head down the tunnel 

The banner included a picture of a donkey along with the name of centre-back Marcelo, who has been criticised after a poor run of form.

Depay went over to the stands and attempted to grab the banner from the supporter before a scuffle ensued.

The Dutchman’s team-mates attempted to pull him away from the scene, while the club’s Ultras, who were already angry at players for not acknowledging their support, ran down to the touchline.

Depay's late goal saw Lyon draw 2-2 with RB Leipzig and qualify for Champions League last-16

Depay’s late goal saw Lyon draw 2-2 with RB Leipzig and qualify for Champions League last-16

The intervention of players and stewards eventually calmed the situation, but Depay was visibly upset as he made his way off the pitch. 

The winger’s goal meant that Lyon finished second in Champions League Group G behind Leipzig, while Zenit Saint Petersburg were knocked out of the competition after a 3-0 thrashing away at Benfica.  

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