VIDEOS & PICS: Hostile reception for Mathieu Valbuena’s Marseille return

Felt the wrath of his former supporters following controversial move to Russia.

Mathieu Valbuena's Marseille return saw an effigy, missiles and lots of booing
BURNT: Shirt (Image: paulogyensfan)

Mathieu Valbuena’s Marseille return was a sight to behold as the French star’s former supporters made their feelings about him abundantly clear.

The midfielder joined Lyon in the summer but was making his first appearance back at Stade Vélodrome following a transfer to Dynamo Moscow in 2014 after eight years with the club – a move which many fans felt was motivated by money.

The fans obviously continue to bear a grudge against the player and at one stage caused the game to be suspended for 20 minutes before play eventually resumed.

See how Mathieu Valbuena’s Marseille return unfolded below:

Valbuena played over 300 games for Marseille, and left the club tearfully. Faces them a year later. pic.twitter.com/LtFrl54mzo

— OutsideoftheBoot.com (@OOTB_football) September 20, 2015

Valbuena makes infamous Marseille return tonight. 2hrs before kickoff, fans burn his shirt outside Stade Velodrome pic.twitter.com/uem8n6ee2h

— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) September 20, 2015

Marseille fans burn Mathieu Valbuena's shirt ahead of his return to the Vel with Lyon tonight, via @hayastan1899 pic.twitter.com/IvooQG4Fs3

— Get French Football (@GFN_France) September 20, 2015

Message for Valbuena inside the Velodrome: "You are a traitor!" #OMOL pic.twitter.com/9tZeJWLBq7

— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) September 20, 2015

"True Marseillais only play for OM, you are nothing but a traitor." – Marseille fans tell Valbuena, via @appliLigue1 pic.twitter.com/Fbxnfh6lzW

— Get French Football (@GFN_France) September 20, 2015

The moment Valbuena's name was announced in the Velodrome, crazy! pic.twitter.com/O1OWsR18ZD

— Soccer St. (@SoccerSt_) September 20, 2015

An effigy of a Mathieu Valbuena was gruesomely "hanged" in one of the stands tonight… (C+) pic.twitter.com/iDtG0Hkze1

— Get French Football (@GFN_France) September 20, 2015

Valbuena targeted by OM assistant coach Franck Passi in the tunnel. Relentless.

— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) September 20, 2015

Marseille retired Valbuena's number when he left, he returned today. pic.twitter.com/RCmbU2cZeG

— Pug (@Tigermilk20) September 20, 2015

Reception of Valbuena at the Velodrome incredible. Effigy. Projectiles. All kinds of objects raining down every time he takes a corner

— James Horncastle (@JamesHorncastle) September 20, 2015

Referee has stopped the Marseille v Lyon match as the Marseille fans are pelting the players (esp Valbuena) with objects. Crazy scenes

— Lynsey Hipgrave (@lynseyhipgrave1) September 20, 2015

Madness in the Marseille v Lyon game… Glass bottles and flares being thrown on the pitch pic.twitter.com/rKiDuTyY2d

— marie-clare (@sweetirishf) September 20, 2015

Poor Michy Batshuayi hit by a flare before game was suspended #OMOL pic.twitter.com/iwfI2Hg0He

— Mohammed Ali (@mohammedali_93) September 20, 2015