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Bastia to play next home game in mainland France

March 18, 2015

PARIS (AP) — The French league says Bastia will play its next home game in mainland France in the southern city of Fos-sur-Mer due to crowd trouble.

Bastia, based on the island of Corsica, has been ordered to play its home matches away from its Armand Cesari Stadium and behind closed doors until the league reaches a decision after fans lit flares and threw projectiles at the visitors in a 2-1 win over Nice this month.

The league refused Bastia’s proposed plan of playing Saturday’s game against Guingamp at the nearby Stade Ange Casanova, and will instead travel to the Mediterranean city of Fos-sur-Mer, near Marseille.

Bastia has appealed the league’s decision, with a conciliation meeting scheduled on Thursday at the French Olympic committee.