Crowd trouble at Paris SG incenses Turks

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Paris St-Germain expect to be punished by Uefa, the European governing body, after crowd trouble erupted during Tuesday night's Champions' League game against Galatasaray at the Parc des Princes.

Paris St-Germain expect to be punished by Uefa, the European governing body, after crowd trouble erupted during Tuesday night's Champions' League game against Galatasaray at the Parc des Princes.

The match was delayed for more than 20 minutes in the second half when fighting broke out between rival supporters, with four fans going on to the pitch. Fifty-six people were injured in the trouble, 17 of them needing hospital treatment, and police announced after the Paris side's 2-0 win that they had made six arrests.

A spokesman for Uefa said the governing body will wait until the match has been scrutinised by the control and disciplinary committee before making an official statement next Wednesday.

Furious Turkish newspapers said political enemies of their country and European arrogance were behind the violence. In columns portraying Turkish fans as innocent victims who had to run on to the pitch for safety from attackers, newspapers said the violence had been orchestrated by Kurdish, leftist and Armenian foes of Turkey, who are resident in France.

"Degenerate separatists who escaped from Turkey and French-Armenians climbed the steel railings and attacked Turkish supporters," the Paris-based Gokmen Ozdenak wrote in the European edition of the mass-circulation Sabah newspaper.

CHAMPIONS' LEAGUE QUALIFIERS

GROUP WINNERS

Valencia Deportivo La Coruña Bayern Munich Real Madrid

RUNNERS-UP

Manchester United Galatasaray Arsenal Leeds United

Group winners to be drawn against runners-up in quarter-finals

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