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Henry, Vieira clash postponed amid 'yellow vest' protest concerns

AFP  |  Paris 

Four more games scheduled for this weekend, including the clash between Thierry Henry's and local rivals Nice, have been postponed, the (LFP) said Thursday, amid fears of more violent "yellow vest" protests in over rising living costs.

The LFP said Friday evening's game at the Stade Louis II had been called off following a request by the government in the principality, "in collaboration" with authorities in the neighbouring French prefecture, which includes Nice.

Sunday night's encounter between and and Saturday's meeting of Angers and Bordeaux have also been postponed on the request of local authorities.

Later, Nantes' visit to Nimes scheduled for Saturday was also called off.

The latest postponements come after Saint-game against and Lyon's trip to Toulouse -- scheduled for Saturday -- were both called off due to security concerns, and the possibility remains that all other French top-flight games could be postponed too.

Since November 17, demonstrators wearing yellow, high-visibility vests have blockaded roads in protest against higher taxes on diesel fuel.

Demonstrations turned particularly violent last Saturday, with 412 people arrested after the worst clashes in central for decades. A new round of protests is expected this weekend.

The Cote d'Azur derby was due to see take on a Nice side coached by Patrick Vieira, Henry's former teammate at Arsenal and the French national side.

Henry oversaw just his second win in 10 games in charge of struggling as they beat Amiens 2-0 away on Tuesday with a brace of penalties by Radamel Falcao, but the 2017 champions remain in the bottom three.

Five games will go ahead including second place who welcome Reims looking to close the gap with PSG to 11 points.

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 09:55 IST