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Fans fight at French league game in latest stadium violence

Moments after the 0-0 draw, about 50 Marseille fans left their away enclosure and rushed along one side of the field to the stands where Angers fans were. Clashes broke out and combatants used sticks and threw objects before stewards intervened.

By: AP |
September 23, 2021 10:05:43 am
MarseilleMarseille fans celebrate after Marseille's Bamba Dieng scored his side's opening goal during the French League One soccer match between Marseille and Rennes at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, France, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

There was more fan disorder in the French league as Marseille supporters ran onto the field and clashed with Angers counterparts at the final whistle.

Moments after the 0-0 draw, about 50 Marseille fans left their away enclosure and rushed along one side of the field to the stands where Angers fans were. Clashes broke out and combatants used sticks and threw objects before stewards intervened.

“Please, please. What image are we giving? Please, lads, calm down,” the stadium announcer said, as other fans whistled and jeered those fighting.

PSG, right, and Lyon fans taunt each other during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon at the Parc des Princes in Paris Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

It was the latest incident of soccer violence in France this season, after serious disorder at the Nice-Marseille match last month.

Last Saturday, fans threw ripped-up seats and tried to fight each other at halftime during the northern derby between Lens and Lille.

Lens played its home game without fans on Wednesday as punishment, losing 1-0 to Strasbourg, and Marseille could now face sanctions from the league.

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