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Monday, March 26, 2012
Marseille fans banned from PSG clash

Marseille fans will be barred from travelling to Paris for next month's ''Clasico'' against Paris St Germain, the Ministry for the Interior have confirmed.

PSG fans were not allowed to travel to the Stade Velodrome earlier this season following violent clashes between the two teams' supporters in recent years.

It was stated that the ban would be reciprocated for the return fixture, and that was confirmed in a statement published in the government's Journal Officiel and reported on L'Equipe's website.

The statement read: ''On April 8, 2012, from midnight to midnight, moving individually or collectively, by any means, any person claiming to support Olympique de Marseille or behaving as such is prohibited between the municipalities of the department of Bouches-du-Rhone and the city of Paris.''

The Ministry cited a ''high risk of violence on the modes of transport or the routes taken by supporters of the club Olympique de Marseille to get to Paris.''

Rival fans clashed at matches between the two sides in 2009 and 2010, although the death of a 38-year-old fan in March 2010 came amid violence between rival groups of PSG fans.

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