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Monaco lose 2-1 in Champions League game without Turkish supporters

Monaco lose 2-1 in Champions League game without Turkish supporters

By Staff Writer - October 17, 2017

AS Monaco was defeated 2-1 Tuesday night at home against Besiktas Istanbul in a Champions League Group G match. But there would be no fans of the visiting team to cheer on the victory.

The government banned supporters of Besiktas, the Turkish club playing AS Monaco in the Champions League, from entering the Principality for the game on Tuesday night.

Between 15,000 and 20,000 Besiktas fans caused havoc earlier this year when their team was playing at Lyon, which was given as the reason for the ban.

In a statement, the Monegasque government said: “Considering that several incidents in connection with football matches have involved supporters of Besiktas in recent years, and that the reality and gravity of the disturbances to public order committed by the Besiktas supporters are proven; (and) that the risk of violence and damage to property in the territory of the Principality is high (…)

“From Monday, October 16, at midnight on Tuesday, October 17, at midnight, the individual or collective entry, by any means, of persons who appear to be supporters of the football club of Besiktas Jimnastik Kulübü of Istanbul or behaving as such, is prohibited on the territory of the Principality.”

The Official Bulletin of the Principality also referred to the continuing state of emergency in France pertaining to the order.

“The security forces can not be mobilised for the sole organisation of this international sporting event,” the Official Journal said.

The only goal for AS Monaco Tuesday was scored by Falcao at 30′ mark.

Currently in Group G, Besiktas leads with nine points, with Leipzig (four points), Porto (three points) and Monaco (one point) in the race for second.

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