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Football fans clash in Marseille after swine flu sees match cancelled

A football match between Olympique Marseille and Paris Saint Germain was cancelled yesterday over fears that fans of the Paris side might spread the swine flu. Le Parisien reports how clashes broke out between fans.

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« Behind the scenes of a fiasco,” reads the headline in today’s Le Parisien. Serious clashes broke out between fans of Paris Saint Germain and arch-rivals Olympique Marseille yesterday. Fears over the spreading of swine flu saw the match shelved, a decision which was unnecessary and saw angers flare, several people told Le Parisien.

The violence broke out in several locations around the city centre. Tear gas was fired to disperse the crowds. Only a dozen or so were injured, the paper says.

Sports paper l’Equipe also leads with the story. Its front page headline is “Fever of violence in Marseille”.

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