Group of RWDM fans throw flares onto the pitch as game against Eupen is abandoned

RWDM’s relegation six pointer against Eupen has been halted after 85 minutes and will not be resumed. The decision was made after a group of RWDM fans threw flares and other projectiles onto the pitch, causing the players to return to their dressing rooms. Referee Nathan Verboomen tried to get the game restarted, but another projectile was thrown from the stands, meaning the referee had little choice but to abandon the game.

Prior to the match, a group of RWDM fans had announced that if the side were losing the game would not finish. They were angry after the sides poor performance in the cup against second division Oostende, as well as a recent run of results that has seen them win just one game in their previous six. This run of poor results, including what will be a defeat to Eupen, means the side are now in the relegation zone.

For the Pandas, they can celebrate ending a winless run that had seen them without a win since the end of October. New signing Renaud Emond was the hero as he marked his debut with a well taken header after 58 minutes. Eupen have closed the gap to safety to just three points with their fifth win of the season.

There will certainly be further repercussions for RWDM after the behaviour of some of their fans this evening. Pressure will also be mounting on majority owner John Textor, with fans having been unhappy with the Lyon owner since the summer.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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