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Bastia official begins hunger strike over decision to stop club playing at home until further notice

Updated: Friday, 14 Dec 2012 17:24 | Comments

Bastia match with Olympique Marseille was played behind closed doors
Bastia match with Olympique Marseille was played behind closed doors

A Bastia official has started a hunger strike after the French club were barred from playing at home until further notice because of a series of violent incidents, the Ligue 1 side have confirmed.

The disciplinary commission of the French League (LFP) imposed the sanction after fans threw a barrage of fireworks outside the Furiani stadium in Corsica on Wednesday as Bastia's 2-1 defeat by Olympique Marseille was played behind closed doors.

"Outraged by the decision, Jo Bonavita, responsible for the logistics at the club, has decided to start a hunger strike this morning in the light of the sanctions imposed by the LFP," the club said.

The 73-year-old Bonavita is a much-loved figure at Bastia, where he has been working since 1981.

The LFP said security could not be guaranteed in or around Bastia's stadium for the time being.

The ground was empty for the game against Marseille after violent incidents in the stands marred their match with neighbours Ajaccio in October.

The disciplinary commission is also investigating two other games including the League Cup quarter-final against Lille, which was interrupted for five minutes after a linesman was hit by a missile two weeks ago.

Promoted Bastia, 15th in the league standings, travel to champions Montpellier on Saturday.

Their next home game is scheduled for 22 December against strugglers Nancy.

The league said in a statement that the game would be played in Gueugnon on the mainland.

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