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11 arrested after PSG & Leverkusen fans fight

11 arrested & minor injuries after PSG & Leverkusen fans brawl in city center

11 arrested after PSG & Leverkusen fans fight

PARIS (AP) -- Eleven people were arrested after a fight between fans of Paris Saint-Germain and Bayer Leverkusen before their teams' Champions League game on Wednesday.

About 40 fans of each side met in Paris' historic center in a "short but violent altercation" outside Odeon metro station that left several people with minor injuries, PSG's director of security Jean-Philippe d'Halliville told The Associated Press by telephone. He added that fans of another German club, Kickers Offenbach, reinforced the Leverkusen contingent.

PSG has tried hard to eradicate a long-standing hooligan problem. Two PSG supporters died in separate incidents outside Parc des Princes stadium in 2006 and 2010.

PSG's group match at Anderlecht earlier this season was considered high-risk and around 150 known PSG hooligans were rounded up by police before that game in Brussels.