Paris FC beat Valenciennes to bury the ghost of Coupe de France past

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Just over a year after their last attempt to voyage into the latter stages of the Coupe de France ended in expulsion from the tournament, Paris FC advanced to the last-32 on Friday night following a 3-1 win over Valenciennes.

In December 2021, Paris FC's last-64 tie with Lyon was abandoned with the score at 1-1 after supporters began to run amok during the half-time pause.

Players from both teams were kept inside the dressing rooms as fans lit flairs in the stands and rampaged along the running track around the pitch at the Stade Charlety.

Lyon bosses said after the game that hooligans from Paris Saint-Germain’s fan clubs had infiltrated the packed stadium on the southern fringes of Paris and provoked the Lyon supporters.

Paris FC chiefs claimed that Lyon’s fans had travelled to the capital intent on wreaking havoc among the 17,000 spectators.

The ugly scenes - just days after the government had convened a top level meeting to thrash out a plan to curb violence at football grounds - led to the ejection of both sides from the tournament.

Nice, who were scheduled to play the winners in the last-32, advanced to the last-16.

This season's sixth round - delayed due to the World Cup in Qatar - was a more sedate affair with a couple thousand fans in the stands to watch two Ligue 2 outfits vying for another chance to lift the second most prestigious piece of silverware in the French football firmament.

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