Arrests made at Marseille match as fans protest struggling club

Getty Images
0 Comments

Five fans were arrested at Marseille’s 0-0 draw against Bordeaux on Sunday in a French Ligue 1 match as home supporters protested their struggling club.

Supporters were arrested both inside and outside the stadium for throwing flares as the draw left Marseille without a win at home since September. Teargas was also used by riot police to disperse crowds.

[ MORE: UCL quarterfinals preview ]

During the match, fans passed around banners of goats while mocking the team by playing the Benny Hill theme song. Signs were also unfurled criticizing the club’s owner, billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, who inherited control of Marseille when her husband Robert passed away in 2009.

After finishing fourth in Ligue 1 last season, Marseille has struggled mightily this year, currently sitting 14th just six points above safety.

The collapse began early on when former manager Marcelo Bielsa shockingly resigned after the first match of the season. The club has not won a league match since early February and has won just two home games all season, with the last of those coming in September.