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Ultras violence in France, away games banned for five Ligue 1 matches

Pressure on travel for football fans in Franceafter the serious episodes that occurred in recent weeks, culminating in the death of a Nantes supporter during a clash with the Nice ultras. This will be decided by the Minister of the Interior, Gerald DarmaninThat he banned travel for five matches of the 15th day of Ligue 1 and for three matches of the round of 16 of the French Cup, scheduled between today and Sunday. According to the relevant decree, published in the Official Journal, such matches present a “real and serious risk of clashes between fans”, in a context of “exacerbation of the increasingly serious violence observed since the beginning of the football season”. The affected matches in the championship are Montpellier-Lens, PSG-Nantes, Nice-Reims, Lyon-Toulouse and Lorient-Marseille.

Escalation of violence

Days ago, the Minister of Sport, Amelie Oudea-Castera, said she was in favor of “a moratorium on fan travel”. Among the most serious episodes of recent weeks, the stone attack on the Lyon bus upon arrival at the Marseille stadium last October 29th, with the injury of the then coach of the Lyon team, Fabio Grossoand other occupants of the vehicle.

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