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Bastia football boss accuses French police of post-match violence

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The boss of the Corsican football team Sporting Club de Bastia has accused French police of provoking violence after Saturday’s match against Paris St Germain. The club is to boycott meetings to plan security at matches because “they don’t listen to us”, SCB president Pierre-Marie Geronimi told reporters.

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There were clashes when police blocked access to the stadium after Bastia lost 4-0 to PSG on Saturday evening with CRS riot police firing tear gas and flashballs after being pelted with projectiles.

Three people were taken to hospital for minor injuries, officials say.

Geronimi angrily dubbed the police’s action “unacceptable” and accused them of wanting to “sabotage” the match and its aftermath.

The CRS fired directly at families with children as the left the stadium “peacefully”, he claimed.

The club “will not take part in preparatory security meetings at the prefecture because they don’t listen to us”, Geronimi announced.

Police commissioner Antoine Boutonnet, who was present at the match, replied that “there is nothing provocative about the presence of the police” and declared that it is “inadmissible that some supporters thrown projectiles” at officers.

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