By Oisin Sweeney • 30 January 2021 • 19:48
Marseille fans are furious at their club's poor Ligue 1 performance - Image Source: Twitter
FRENCH FOOTBALL ultras in the southern city of Marseille launched a riot and attacked their club’s training ground after a string of defeats for the team.
Hundreds of ultra fans gathered around Marseille’s training ground in a quiet neighbourhood of France’s second city, letting off fireworks and smoke bombs to protest their club’s fourth major loss.
Fans hung banners around the area reading Vous etes deguelasses (You are disgusting) and Vous nous Faites honte (You bring us shame) in their fury against Marseille’s manager and players. The team is currently in 16th place in the French Premier League (Ligue 1).
Police were forced to use teargas to disperse the crowd, some of whom managed to break into the training ground where the team was in session. Defender Alvaro Gonzalez was reportedly struck with a projectile by fans in the chaotic scenes.
As a result of the violence, Marseille’s upcoming home match against Rennes has been cancelled. Security is expected to be extremely heavy during their next home game against bitter longtime rivals Paris-Saint Germain.
Marseilles is the only French club to ever win the Champions League, but since that 1993 victory, the club’s success has declined. Its fans have a reputation across France as being some of the most demanding and violent in the country.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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