Se­cu­rity con­cerns de­lay more Ligue 1 games

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - FOOTBALL -

PARIS: Three more Ligue 1 games sched­uled for this week­end, in­clud­ing the clash be­tween Thierry Henry’s Monaco and lo­cal ri­vals Nice, have been post­poned, the French league (LFP) said Thurs­day, amid fears of more vi­o­lent “yel­low vest” protests in France over ris­ing liv­ing costs.

The LFP said Fri­day evening’s game at the Stade Louis II had been called off fol­low­ing a re­quest by the gov­ern­ment in the Mediter­ranean prin­ci­pal­ity, “in col­lab­o­ra­tion” with au­thor­i­ties in the neigh­bor­ing French Alpes-Mar­itimes pre­fec­ture, which in­cludes Nice.

Sun­day night’s en­counter be­tween Saint-Eti­enne and Mar­seille and Satur­day’s meet­ing of Angers and Bordeaux have also been post­poned on the re­quest of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

The lat­est post­pone­ments come after Paris Saint-Ger­main’s game against Mont­pel­lier and Lyon’s trip to Toulouse – sched­uled for Satur­day – were both called off due to se­cu­rity con­cerns, and the pos­si­bil­ity re­mains that all other French topflight games could be post­poned too.

Since Nov. 17, de­mon­stra­tors wear­ing yel­low, high-vis­i­bil­ity vests have block­aded roads in protest against higher taxes on diesel fuel.

Demon­stra­tions turned par­tic­u­larly vi­o­lent last Satur­day, with 412 peo­ple ar­rested after the worst clashes in cen­tral Paris for decades.

A new round of protests is ex­pected this week­end.

The Cote d’Azur derby was due to see Monaco take on a Nice side coached by Pa­trick Vieira, Henry’s former team­mate at Arse­nal and the French na­tional side.

Henry over­saw just his sec­ond win in 10 games in charge of strug­gling Monaco as they beat Amiens 2-0 away Tues­day with a brace of penal­ties by Radamel Fal­cao, but the 2017 cham­pi­ons re­main in the bot­tom three.

Five games will go ahead in­clud­ing sec­ond place Lille who wel­come Reims look­ing to close the gap with PSG to 11 points. –

The post­pone­ments come as fur­ther protests are set for this week­end

The Cote d’Azur derby was due to see Henry’s Monaco side take on Nice.

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