Lyon coach Bruno Genesio saddened by fan violence

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Clashes between fans ahead of his club's Europa League match upset the French outfit's manager

Lyon coach Bruno Genesio was saddened and disappointed by clashes between his club's fans and Besiktas supporters before their Europa League clash.

Kick-off for the first leg of the quarter-final in France was delayed by around 45 minutes after ugly scenes and clashes between fans on Thursday.

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Genesio, whose team went on to claim a come-from-behind 2-1 win, said he was upset to see the violence.

"I'm a little bit upset by what's happening right now, from what happened before the game, because it does not relate at all to the idea of what I feel about sport and football in particular," he said.

"I believe that it must be above all a place where people must be able to come in peace to attend a game, a show.

"And, when we see those kinds of moments, we can only be a little disappointed, sad, sorry.

"After that, I think it is a good thing that the match still went ahead, and we were able to prepare under normal conditions."

The second leg will be played in Turkey on April 20.

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