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Olympique de Marseille responded, in a press release published on its official website, to the events that took place on Tuesday evening in the Orange Velodrome, during the match against Eintracht Frankfurt (0-1, the second day of the Champions League group stage).

The Champions League match between Olympique de Marseille and Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday (September 13th) was marked by smoke bombs and fire canisters in the northwest sector of the stadium. Olympique de Marseille deeply regrets these actions and would like, through this press release, to strongly condemn the behavior of the individuals responsible for them. In recent weeks, the club has worked closely and positively with the public authorities but also with its fan groups to avoid any kind of accident, both outside and inside the stadium, thus ensuring the organization of safe and secure matches. While there was no major overshoot on the sidelines of the match, the club could not tolerate such an exceptional atmosphere spoiled by the irresponsible actions of a few individuals. Such behavior is clearly beyond comprehension: besides being dangerous, it tarnishes the image of the club, its supporters and the unique atmosphere that characterizes our stadium. Olympique de Marseille reaffirms its commitment to working with public authorities to identify these individuals, punish these behaviours, and ensure that such incidents are permanently prohibited in our stadium.”

UEFA, in turn, responded to the abuses. The European Union announced the opening of a disciplinary investigation against the two clubs. Follow…

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