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Marseille's Ligue 1 Game against Stade Rennes Called Off after Fans Storm Training Ground

Marseille (Photo Credit: Marseille Twitter)

Marseille (Photo Credit: Marseille Twitter)

Marseille's Ligue 1 game against Stade Rennais at the Stade Velodrome was postponed after fans stormed into Marseille's training ground hours before kickoff in protest against club officials.

The Ligue 1 game between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Rennais at the Stade Velodrome on Saturday was postponed after fans stormed into Marseille’s training ground hours before kickoff in protest against club officials.

French multimedia outlet RMC Sport reported some 150-200 supporters tried to break into the Robert Louis Dreyfus centre. TV pictures showed fans forcing their way in and some were seen throwing flares and lighting firecrackers.

“Given the incidents that occurred this afternoon at the Olympique de Marseille training centre, the Marseille v Stade Rennais Ligue 1 match is postponed,” the French League (LFP) said in a statement.

RMC published footage of fans marching in the streets and carrying banners reading “(Club) directors, out”, and others directly targeting OM president Jacques-Henri Eyraud. It later reported the situation had calmed down, without elaborating.

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French sports daily L’Equipe said riot police had been deployed to deal with the incident.

OM were not immediately available for comment.

Marseille are seventh in the Ligue 1 standings, 16 points adrift of leaders Olympique Lyonnais, with coach Andre Villas Boas hinting he will leave the club when his contract expires in June.

OM were knocked out in this season’s Champions League group stage.

Promoted RC Lens moved up to sixth on 34 points after claiming a 2-1 win at 11th-placed Montpellier.

On Sunday, second-placed Paris St Germain travel to Lorient and third-placed Lille host Dijon.

first published:January 31, 2021, 00:36 IST
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