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Ban on Lyon fans for derby upheld

Lyon supporters will not be able to attend Sunday's derby with Saint-Etienne after an order banning them from going to the potentially incendiary fixture was upheld.

Lyon's court for administrative issues threw out a joint-petition made by the seven-time French champions and the Kop Virage Nord supporters' association, confirming the decision of the Loire department authorities to keep away fans out of the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. That initial decision had itself already been supported by the Minsitry of the Interior last weekend.

OL's fight against the decision, which was made in light of escalating tensions between the rival sets of fans that sparked violent incidents at last season's derby in Lyon, will continue, however.

Club president Jean-Michel Aulas has asked the State Council, which has ultimate jurisdiction over administrative cases in France, to overturn the Ministry of the Interior's decision.

With Remi Garde's men struggling in Ligue 1 and in need of support, Aulas has even proposed to organise taking his club's fans to the game himself, while providing the authorities with the contact details of all those involved.

Aulas will travel to Paris in person on Friday in an attempt to sway the State Council, which will announce its judgement at the end of the week.

Meanwhile, two groups of Nice fans have declared they will not travel to the Parc des Princes to see their team's Ligue 1 encounter against Paris Saint-Germain on Saturday in a second such move by away supporters.`

Like a group of Lorient ultras for PSG's previous home L1 fixture, the Armada Rumpetata Nice and Ultras Populaire Sud groups announced they would boycott the match to protest against high ticket prices for away fans in the capital and show their solidarity for their PSG counterparts.

Under a plan put into action by the club in 2010 to rid itself of its most violent followers, PSG ultra groups have either been dissolved or barred from attending the club's games.