Four Marseille fans arrested ahead of PSG match

Published Nov. 21, 2009 12:31 a.m. ET

Police said 15 supporters were arrested ahead of Marseille's clash with fierce rival Paris Saint-Germain in the French league on Friday.

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    Eighth-place Marseille was to play PSG at the Velodrome stadium later Friday amid security fears over a game postponed last month because of an outbreak of swine flu in the Paris team.

    Several dozen Marseille supporters shouted insults at the PSG fans when they arrived in the nearby town of Aubagne by a special chartered train in the afternoon.

    Police said 11 Marseille fans were arrested after throwing objects at buses carrying PSG supporters from Aubagne to the stadium, and verbally assaulting police officers.

    Two PSG fans were arrested when they arrived in Marseille, while two Marseille fans were taken into custody for refusing to comply with police orders.

    Last month, the teams' fans fought in downtown Marseille after the postponement was announced about six hours before kickoff.

    Nearly a dozen people were injured in the skirmishes.