Count of crowd injuries in Marseille: 17 officers, two supporters

Frankfurt supporters throw a flare towards Marseille supporters ahead of the Champions League Group D soccer match between Marseille and Frankfurt at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. ( AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

Frankfurt supporters throw a flare towards Marseille supporters ahead of the Champions League Group D soccer match between Marseille and Frankfurt at the Velodrome stadium in Marseille, southern France, on Tuesday, September 13, 2022. ( AP Photo/Daniel Cole)

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Crowd violence during the Champions League match between Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt left 17 police officers and two German fans injured, one of whom suffered serious neck injuries after being hit by a flare, the national police announced on Wednesday.

Riot police intervened twice – shortly before Tuesday’s game and then late – when opposing supporters hurled flares and fireworks at close range for several minutes inside the Stade Vélodrome .

National police said 11 of the officers suffered minor injuries. Seventeen people were arrested.

The latest incidents of stadium violence in France came just days after 32 people were injured in a mass brawl between ultras Nice and German club Cologne last Thursday ahead of a Conference League game Europe.

Tuesday’s game in Marseille was classified as very high risk, given the violent elements among both groups of supporters, and a large-scale police operation succeeded in containing the risk of violence from fans in the city itself.

Tensions rose late on Tuesday afternoon when a huge police escort took a group of hardcore Frankfurt fans – known as ‘ultras’ – numbering around 500 on a long drive to a designated fan zone.

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