Riot police make arrests and use tear gas as Frankfurt and Marseille fans clash

French riot police have been forced to use tear gas to separate Marseille and Frankfurt fans ahead of their Champions League clash.

Marseille streets saw a huge police presence hours ahead of the clash as French authorities struggled to keep the two sets of fans apart at the Stade Velodrome. Local media had reported the game was viewed as 'high risk' and authorities had been worried about the clash.

Fans were filmed clashing outside of the ground, throwing projectiles at each other. And French outlet L'Equipe claimed police were forced to intervene with tear gas to prevent the situation from escalating further.

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The CRS (the general reserve of the French National Police) were deployed inside the stadium to create an extra buffer between the two sets of fans.

One Frankfurt was filmed making Nazi salutes towards the Marseille fans as they made their way into the stadium. While another video showed scuffles breaking out outside of the Stade Velodrome with some onlookers setting off flares.

RMC reported three arrests were made ahead of kick-off for throwing projectiles at police.

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The two sides were drawn in the same group as Tottenham and Sporting Lisbon – who were the early kick-off on Tuesday evening in Portugal.

It will be Frankfurt's second trip to London this year when they face Spurs, having dumped West Ham out of the Europa League on their way to winning the competition for the second time.


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