Three people were seriously injured of the 18 affected after a sad incident occurred in the 16th minute of Amiens' Ligue 1 match with Lille.

A barrier in front of the away section buckled as fans celebrated Fode Ballo-Toure's goal, and dozens fell about one and a half metres onto the pitch.

The match was abandoned and the stadium evacuated after a security meeting.

Amiens v Lille is seen a derby, with about 98km (61 miles) separating the two sides.

Amiens are competing in the French top flight for the first time in their 116-year history. Their 12,000-capacity Stade de la Licorne is the smallest of the 20 Ligue 1 clubs.

L'Equpe reported that club president Bernard Joannin had blamed Lille's supporters for the incident and said: "Police had warned us that 200 highly agitated ultras were in the section of the stadium allocated to Lille supporters."