11 Nov 2011

French fans banned from travelling to watch team

9:31 am on 11 November 2011

Away fans will be banned from attending Ligue 1 football clashes between Olympique Marseille and Paris St Germain for security reasons, following a history of violent clashes between supporters of the clubs.

Away fans were also banned from the PSG v Marseille matches last season.

Fans from the arch-rival clubs clashed in Marseille streets in 2009 and confronted police after their first game of last season was postponed hours before kick-off due to an outbreak of swine flu in the PSG team.

A clash between rival groups of PSG supporters before the teams' return match in Paris in February 2010 led to the fatal beating of a fan and prompted the club to stop selling tickets for away matches for the rest of the season.