Lyon ultras address Fabio Grosso days after he nearly lost eye in bus attack

Lyon ultras addressed manager Fabio Grosso straight after another disappointing Ligue 1 result – as he pledged not to give up on the role.

The Italy icon, who played for the club towards the end of his career, has overseen five league matches since taking over from Laurent Blanc in September – and hasn't won any of them.

The seven-time champions of France who finished seventh last season and have been in the top-fight for 35 consecutive campaigns, sit bottom and six points behind even the relegation playoff spot after drawing 1-1 with Metz.

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Using a microphone after the game, the leader of the ultras said: "The problem is that no one at the club is there to help you during the week or even to be here right now because it isn’t your job to be here in front of us today.

"If you have something to tell us, say it, and if you don’t want to tell us anything, because it isn’t your job to do so, we won’t hold it against you."

Grosso listened intently to the speech from the passionate fanbase, understanding their frustration at recent performances and results.

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He said: “I tell you all the time – you’re special. We will give you everything because you deserve it. Thank you for everything.

"We did everything to get the win today. We won’t give up. I promise to give you everything and I hope that will be enough."

The conversation came a week after an attack on the Lyon bus by Marseille fans forced their Ligue 1 meeting to be postponed.

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Grosso, a former Lyon defender and World Cup winner with Italy, required 16 stitches after being hit by a bottle.

Five people were then arrested by police with five officers also hurt during the incidents.

Marseille coach Gattuso said of his former team-mate: "Fabio Grosso could’ve lost an eye. We talked on Monday in a video call and he was already on his way to training. I am sorry this happened."

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