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 By Ian Holyman

Atletico Madrid vs. Marseille Europa League final sees 20 arrests

French police carried out over 20 arrests as trouble flared before and after Marseille's Europa League final defeat to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday.

A significant police presence was put in place for the game, which was staged in the stadium of Marseille's Ligue 1 rivals Lyon.

Though major incidents that had been feared were averted, police arrested eight Marseille fans seeking to bring flares into the match, L'Equipe reported, while a group of around 40 were prevented from forcing their way into the stadium without tickets.

Seventeen Marseille fans were remanded in custody, AFP reported, after a number of incidents at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, including invading the pitch, and three supporters were apprehended in Lyon city centre following a violent incident after the game.

Eight people were arrested at Marseille's Vieux Port in the city centre, RMC reported, after a confrontation between riot police and fans, with officers responding with tear gas after they had been pelted with missiles. An officer suffered a minor arm injury in the trouble.

Ian is ESPN's French football correspondent. Twitter: @ian_holyman

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