Four Marseille fans in custody after Ligue 1 clashes

AFP , Monday 6 Apr 2015

Olympique Marseille supporters cheer during their team's French Ligue 1 soccer match against Paris St Germain at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, April 5, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Four Marseille supporters have been taken into police custody after violent clashes between fans and police forces in the lead-up to the French football league match between arch-rivals Marseille and Paris-Saint Germain, police said Monday.

Eight police officers were injured in the incident which saw groups of fans clash with police and stewards at the Stade Velodrome ahead of Sunday's late evening game.

The four fans are to be prosecuted for damages and violence to police. Four others have since been released.

A group of Marseille fans also threw stones at the PSG bus on its arrival at the Velodrome, breaking the vehicle's windscreen but injuring nobody on board.

PSG, whose 3-2 victory over Marseille in front of 65,000 spectators saw them go clear at the top of Ligue 1, are to file a complaint, a club source told AFP.

Another fight between fans broke out at the end of 'Le Classique', but the situation was quickly brought under control by stadium stewards.

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