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Nice president Rivere blames Marseille players for ugly fight


The controversial claim came after the match was called off amid violent scenes

Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has accused Marseille players of instigating the ugly fight that involved fans on Sunday and ultimately led to an early final whistle, even though home supporters had thrown objects at their opponents throughout the evening.

Rivere said Marseille players responded too forcefully after team-mate Dimitri Payet was hit by a bottle near the corner flag. He also claimed members of Marseille's travelling party "hit our players".

The game was called off when Marseille refused to come out of the dressing room at the Allianz Riviera over concern for their safety.

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