Paris - Bastia supporters have been banned from travelling
to the Ligue 1 match at Nice on Friday because of a "real risk of serious
confrontation", the French Minister of the Interior has decided.
"On Friday, February 26, 2016, from midnight to
midnight, by any means, any person who is a fan of Bastia, or acting as such,
is prohibited from travelling between Corsica and Nice," said a decree
signed by Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve on Thursday.
The decision was taken due to "violent behaviour"
of "certain Bastia fans", who have "frequently been disturbing
public order" in and around stadiums and city centres.
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The decree also singled out Nice fans, saying that they
"frequently show evidence of violent behaviour with repeated clashes
between fans or against security forces and with the use of pyrotechnics".
It cited four incidents involving Bastia supporters dating
back to 2013, the most recent of which came a fortnight ago following their
match at Reims.
Some fans were arrested and one was injured after violent
clashes between the police and supporters of the Corsican club on Saturday
Protests and violence broke out in Bastia on the following
day as a result, and a crowd of about 100 people attacked a police station.
When the club refused to bring forward the kick-off time of
their home game against Nantes last weekend, the match was postponed.For
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