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Steward hurt in violence ahead of Lyon-Besiktas


Lyon (AFP) – Turkish fans clashed with security forces in Lyon ahead of Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final at Parc OL and left a steward injured, an AFP photographer at the ground reported.

“The Turkish supporters charged at a steward and injured him,” the source said. “The supporters are waving big Turkish flags.”

Trouble also erupted between rival fans outside another entrance to the stadium as smoke billowed from tear gas canisters.   

A group of Turkish fans from Germany had earlier smashed a pair of glass doors at the club megastore after they were unable to purchase tickets to the sold-out match. 

They were dispersed by security guards and no arrests were made.

Authorities categorised the match as maximum risk with 1,000 stewards in place for the first leg encounter.

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