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Sep 30, 2013

PSG fans barred from women's match

Police stopped nearly 100 Paris Saint-Germain supporters attending Sunday's women's league game between their club and Lyon.

PSG fans have been urged not to travel
PSG have continued to have problems with a certain element of their support in recent years.

Johnson: Hiding shortcomings

French riot police halted the group, who all had tickets, ahead of the game at the Charlety Stadium in the French capital, denying them access to the encounter the visitors eventually won 3-0.

"The group was encircled by the forces of law and order," a spokesman for the former members of the now dissolved Liberty for Season-Ticket Holders Association, told AFP. "In spite of repeated requests, no explanation was given for this. The group was then escorted out of the area and accompanied back to the train station."

Last Wednesday, some 40 PSG fans, also with tickets, were prevented from entering Valenciennes' Stade du Hainaut for the two teams' Ligue 1 encounter.

The incidents are merely the latest in a long list following the decision in 2010 by then-PSG president Robin Leproux to rid the club of violent elements among its supporters. He dissolved long-founded fans associations and attempted to split up potential trouble-makers inside the Parc des Princes. Leproux took the move after the death of one fan following fighting between rival factions of PSG fans on the day of a league encounter with Marseille.

The club were recently warned by France's National Commission for IT and Civil Liberties over the presence of a list, found by investigators in the club's offices in November 2012, which contained the names of fans to be barred from accessing PSG matches.

The club replied by press release that it would contest any action taken against it, and insisted it had complied fully with guidelines.

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