Marseille-Galatasaray match interrupted after clash between rival supporters | National sports
MARSEILLE, France (AP) – The Europa League game between Marseille and Galatasaray was put on hold for around 10 minutes after rival supporters threw flares and firecrackers at each other at the Stade Vélodrome on Thursday.
The game ended 0-0 but pockets of rival supporters were battling inside the stadium more than 30 minutes after the final whistle.
Despite a reinforced security presence and a buffer zone between around 2,500 visiting supporters and Marseille supporters, objects were thrown in both directions at the end of the first half.
Referee Paweł Raczkowski interrupted the match as some police intervened to restore order.
Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim spoke to supporters of his team in an attempt to calm things down while Marseille captain Dimitri Payet did the same.
The match resumed with about eight minutes left of the first half with the sound of firecrackers still ringing.
There were brief clashes between the stewards and some Marseille supporters at the start of the second half.
Moments before the final whistle, Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne and Marseille defender William Saliba grabbed hold of and jostled near the sideline.
Marseille has recently been implicated in fan violence during a French championship match in Angers.
There was also serious disorder during the Nice-Marseille match last month. It has been suspended and will be replayed next month.
In another game this month, supporters threw torn seats and attempted a half-time fight in the Northern derby between Lens and Lille.
Turkish ultras often travel in large numbers. There were fights before the Paris Saint-Germain-Galatasaray game two seasons ago and when Lyon hosted Besiktas four years ago.
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