Marseille training ground ablaze as fireworks set off after angry fans break in

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Ligue 1 team Marseille's training ground has been set ablaze as fireworks have been set off by angry fans breaking in – hours before their league match against Rennes.

Images emerged of flames from the top-flight French side's Center Drive Robert Louis-Dreyfus Olympique De Marseille training ground, with a group of 150 to 200 supporters setting a tree on fire.

They have been trying to break into the facility, according to Get French Football News, with a small group managing to get in.

It is not known whether any of the players are at the facility as Marseille's players usually arrive hours before kick-off, which takes place at the Stade Velodrome at 8pm GMT.

Footage also emerged of the fireworks being let off at the Cote d'Azur training ground.

The break-in comes with the Ligue 1 side sitting sixth in the table, seven points off a Champions League spot – having been in a title race in November.

Marseille have not tasted victory in their last five games while they saw midfielder Morgan Sanson leave for Aston Villa in a £14m deal.

And it has led to calls for club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud to be sacked.

The ex-media mogul, who took charge of the club in 2016, has not seen his side lift a major honour during the 52-year-old's tenure.

And he left Marseille fans furious last month when a conversation emerged that suggested he did not want staff at the club to be supporters of the Ligue 1 side.

Speaking in a video call, Eyraud said: “When I arrived, I was struck by the fact that 99% of people working at the club were from Marseille. I think that this is a danger, a risk.

"Why do I say that? Because I was there for several months and we were on a run of two consecutive defeats. I saw in the business just how grey the faces were.

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"People were close to depression. In terms of productivity, the impact that a defeat had on the attitudes, behaviours, on a daily basis was strong. And that, that was not on.

"The English, the Americans, who usually are better able to distance themselves from that, say that when you are an employee at a football club, the first thing that you have to be careful of not doing is to bring in, and I am citing, a “fan in a suit,” because it will be someone who will be drawn to talking about having passion for the club, for his team, rather than looking at the plan defined together.”

And it brought a fierce response from former player Manuel Amoros, who said last month: “It is incredible, it is shameful to say that when you are the president of Marseille.

"The supporters, the people of Marseille who live only for the OM results, and that he (Eyraud) does not care, is a Parisian, comes here, he does as he wants.

"He kicks out Marseille people who have been in place for years and he brings us Parisians who know nothing about football. How are you going to try to put Marseille on the right road and perform as well as before?"

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