PARIS – Fighting Marseille lost 1-0 at home to Lens in the French league on Wednesday to gain more ground in the title race and further alienate the players from their angry fans.

After a 2-1 home defeat by Nimes last weekend, which led to severe criticism of coach Andre Villas-Boas’s players, sixth place in Marseille have now lost four of their last six games in total.

Striker Simon Banza headed seventh place in the 58th minute in front of Lens. Youthful striker Arnaud Kalimuendo could have made it 2-0 in the 90th minute but shot over the bar after goalkeeper Steve Mandanda saved his first shot.

Things are unlikely to get any easier for Marseille as they face fourth place in Monaco, fifth place in Rennes and leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

The fans made their feelings clear before the game started, even without being present in an empty Stade Velodrome because of the corona virus.

One of Marseille’s several support groups managed to write “Vous Etes Degueulasses” (“You are disgusting”) in large letters on the seats in their normally section of the stadium.

Another banner reading “Vous Nous Faites Honte” (“You bring shame on us”) was placed in full view.

In front of the stadium, posters were also displayed addressing the unpopular club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud, calling him a “crook” and asking him to “get lost”.

Marseille are the only French team to win the Champions League in 1993.

But the club arguably has some of the most volatile fans in the country and they turn players on quickly when things aren’t going well or when they feel like they’re not trying hard enough.


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