French Fury: After Louis Fernandez does an Alex Ferguson, Reims & Nimes have a punch-up

Incredible scenes closed out Friday night’s Ligue 2 match between Reims and Nimes in France.

With the sides locked at 1-all with the match running into injury time, hosts Reims sent the home crowd wild as Ibrahim Thiam popped up to volley in a 92nd minute winner.

Bringing back memories of Alex Ferguson and Brian Kidd’s famous celebration back in 1993, euphoric coach Louis Fernandez could not control his emotions when the winner was scored. Running around the pitch with both arms thrusted out, Fernandez proceeded to gallop all the way from his dug-out to the goalmouth in an effort to join his players, who had heaped themselves onto the goal-scorer in wonderful scenes. Brilliantly, Fernandez proved himself one of the boys, jumping on the top of the pile of bodies.

Louis Fernandez’s wonderful celebration can be seen here.

But then came the trouble. Feeling that they had been wronged, the Nimes players refused to restart the match after Thiam had scored the winner, with the referee forced to end the match early as tensions rose rapidly. Then, after the whistle had been blown, the sides released their anger in a full blown punch-up as a brawl broke out between the teams.

Short highlights of the brawl can be seen here, while eye-witness footage of the incident can be seen here.

Full match highlight of Reims’ 2-1 victory can be seen here.