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French game moved in anticipation of more 'yellow vest' protests

09 January 2019, MVT 20:30
"Yellow vest" (gilets jaunes) protestors lay on the ground after being arrested by French police on the sideline of an anti-government demonstration in Lille, northern France, on January 5, 2019. - The "yellow vest" movement began in rural France over fuel taxes and quickly ballooned into a wider revolt against the 41-year-old president's pro-business policies and perceived arrogance by low-paid workers and pensioners. (Photo by Philippe HUGUEN / AFP)
09 January 2019, MVT 20:30

This weekend's French Ligue 1 game between Dijon and Montpellier has been put back by 24 hours as local authorities prepare for more disruptive "yellow vest" protests.

The game, originally scheduled for Saturday evening, will now be played on Sunday at 1700 (1600 GMT) following a request from police in the Burgundy city.

The move comes after second-placed Lille's trip to Caen in Normandy was brought forward from Saturday to Friday evening.

Dijon's home match against champions Paris Saint-Germain was one of a number of Ligue 1 games to be postponed in December as authorities struggled to deal with the protest movement.

The revolt, marked by clashes in Paris and other French cities, is now into its eighth week.

Lyon, France | AFP

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