PSG fan dies after attack by rival supporters
A Paris Saint-Germain soccer fan has died after spending weeks in a
coma following an attack by rival supporters, the latest incident
of violence associated with the French club.
The 38-year-old fan suffered serious head injuries during street clashes among the club's fan groups at a Feb. 28 French league match against Marseille.
A Paris police official said Thursday the fan, who was not identified, died late Wednesday night in the Beaujon Hospital. The official was not authorized to be publicly named because of police rules.
"The club's survival is at stake," France's sports minister Rama Yade said in a statement. "The worst has happened. Passions transformed into sordid, senseless, murderous rage. Love of the team jersey has become hate for the other, hate for the sport, hate for life."
PSG has long had a far-right element among its fans, many of whom gather in the Kop of Boulogne section of the Parc des Princes stadium and have been in conflict with supporters in the Auteuil section at the other end of the arena.
About two hours before the Marseille game, a large group of supporters from the Kop of Boulogne attacked rivals outside the Auteuil entrance to the stadium.
Preliminary charges for attempted murder were filed against a man suspected of taking part in the assault after being identified through video surveillance cameras.
Yade called for strict punishment of the perpetrators and for club management to prevent more violence.
The club's next match, against Nice on Saturday, will be played in front of empty stands as a result of the violence, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
PSG said in a statement that it would "learn all the lessons necessary from this drama and will take the necessary decisions to push violence away from the Parc des Princes (stadium) and when the team travels away."
Two PSG fans have died in disturbances outside Parc des Princes in the last four years.