Ligue 1 - Hooligans force PSG to cancel ticket sales

Reuters - Tue, 02 Mar 15:02:00 2010

Paris St Germain have stopped selling tickets for away games after a fan suffered a life-threatening head injury in a fight between hooligans before Sunday's Ligue 1 home match against Olympique Marseille.

Paris Saint-Germain's supporters clash with Marseille's (not pictured) as stadium security members (in red) try to stop them during their French L1 football match PSG vs. Olympique de Marseille - 0

"Violence is at its height," said PSG chairman Robin Leproux in a statement on the club's website ( on Tuesday. "We have reached a new level of urban guerrilla warfare.

"Until further notice, we shall not sell tickets to our supporters for our away games. It's a far-reaching and distressing decision, but I have to ensure the safety of all."

The 38-year-old supporter, a member of the Kop of Boulogne, fell into a coma after being attacked by members of a rival group based in the Tribune d'Auteuil before Sunday's game.

Fans also clashed after the match, which PSG lost 3-0, and police said seven people arrested are still in custody.

PSG's long history of hooliganism peaked in November 2006 when a police officer shot and killed a member of the Boulogne Boys faction to protect an Israeli supporter under attack after a UEFA Cup match against Hapoel Tel Aviv.


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