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Football: Violence flares between fans of Lyon, Marseille


A week after celebrations marking Paris Saint Germain's first French title win in two decades descended into violence, Saturday saw similar football-related disturbances after 16 people were injured in clashes between fans of Lyon and Marseille.

Lyon decried the troublemakers after "serious incidents" during the afternoon before Marseille's game in nearby Saint Etienne.

Lyon indicated on their official website that the club would seek to take legal action "in view of the seriousness of what has happened and the injuries."

The club added it appeared that supporters had clashed after hardcore fans of the club made their way back home after their match with Nice was postponed because of bad weather.

PSG, helped to their first title since 1994 by retiring English star David Beckham, had to call off a celebratory dinner after incidents of public disorder marred their title party in the Trocadero neighbourhood, with chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi postponing the gala event to a later date.

A group of troublemakers had fought running battles with police and took to smashing shop windows and burning cars during the incidents on Monday.

Several people were injured and 47 people have been arrested over the trouble.