• French minister blasts Ligue 1 violence as Euro 2016 looms


    PARIS: French sports minister Thierry Braillard on Monday blasted as “unacceptable” violence that marred the weekend French league clash between Marseille and Lyon just months ahead of France hosting Euro 2016. The return of Lyon’s Mathieu Valbuena to face his former club had already made for a charged atmosphere. Lyon were leading 1-0 through a first-half penalty from Alexandre Lacazette when play was interrupted as objects, including bottles and cups, rained down from the stands. The game was controversially restarted after a 20-minute stoppage and finished in a 1-1 draw.



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