France blocks PSG fans from travelling to Marseille match on violence fears

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Lionel Messi of PSG and teammates celebrate the victory following following the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and RB Leipzig at Parc des Princes stadium on October 19, 2021 in Paris, France.

Paris Saint-Germain fans will be banned from travelling to Marseille for Sunday's Ligue 1 contest after several French matches were marred by violence in recent weeks, the Interior Ministry said Wednesday.

"Away games by the PSG club often disrupt public order" while "certain" Marseille fans "often display violent behaviour," the ministry said.

Individual or group travel by PSG supporters will also be prohibited starting at midnight Saturday because relations between the clubs "have been tainted with animosity for several years," it added.

The Interior Ministry announced on Wednesday that PSG supporters are not allowed to go to the Stade VĂ©lodrome in Marseille on Sunday evening for the Clasico⬇️ pic.twitter.com/kuhyligT1e

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The decision comes after riot police and security staff had to intervene to stop fan clashes or acts of hooliganism at a series of Ligue 1 matches last month that saw dozens injured.

Marseille has been involved in the violence more than once.

Earlier this month, fans at the Stade Velodrome lobbed fireworks, smoke bombs and other projectiles toward supporters of the Turkish club Galatasaray, sparking clashes both during and after the match.

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