Ligue 1: Tension mounts ahead of PSG clash

November 30, 2006

PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Tension will be high when crisis-hit Paris St Germain host Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Sunday.

The capital side's fans will be under tough surveillance ten days after a PSG fan was shot dead by a policeman following PSG's 4-2 defeat by Hapoel Tel Aviv in a UEFA Cup game.

The dead man, 25-year-old Julien Quemener, was among dozens of supporters chasing a Jewish fan, shouting racist chants.

The association he belonged to, the Boulogne Boys, is known for its far-right leaning and lies at the heart of the crisis.

The part of the ground where they traditionally stand, the Boulogne Kop, will be closed for Sunday's game, whose kickoff has been brought forward three hours from six in the evening to three in the afternoon.

'To me, it is an alert,' said PSG security chief Jean-Philippe D'Hallivillee.

'It is the last warning before harsher decisions.'

On the pitch, Paris St Germain have not won a league game for a month and will be out to avoid a third consecutive home defeat.

In Saturday's early kickoff, leaders Olympique Lyon will have the opportunity to stretch their lead to 17 points when they travel to mid-table Le Mans.

Behind them, the battle for second place is likely to hot up as the teams placed from second to seventh are separated by just two points - and all play each oither.

Third-placed RC Lens, who are unbeaten in their last seven Ligue 1 matches, take on improving Girondins Bordeaux, who are sixth on 25 points, one adrift of Lens.

On Sunday, second-placed Lille (26 pts), are at fifth-placed Nancy, who will try to make amends for their 1-0 defeat at promoted Valenciennes last weekend.

Sochaux, who are fourth and unbeaten for the last two months, take on seventh-placed Olympique Marseille, also on Sunday.

St Etienne, eighth on 24 points, will have the opportunity to make a leap in the standings as they host midtable Lorient who have won five, drawn five and lost five since they were promoted at the start of the season.