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Watch Dozens of Rival Fans Violently Clash in This Massive Soccer Riot

A violent altercation broke out in the stands minutes before a major European soccer match was set to begin.

It happened in Lyon, France — where Lyon was set to take on Turkish club Bestikas in the Europa League quarterfinals. In the video above, you can see the rival fans wailing away at each other — with some appearing to use sticks.

According to Lyon’s official Twitter account, projectiles and fireworks were also being launched in the stands. And fans were forced on to the pitch in order to find refuge.

The game was delayed by 45 minutes, but it did eventually get underway.

Watch above, via Twitter.

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