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Fabien Barthez has confirmed he has left Ligue 1 strugglers Nantes, saying he no longer felt safe there.

The former France goalkeeper, who had a fight with a Nantes fan after a home defeat on Saturday.

“I will not play for Nantes again,” Barthez told French radio France Info. “This has got nothing to do with football. I no longer feel safe there and it’s better for me to leave.”

The 35-year-old goalkeeper had come out of retirement in January to help Nantes in their battle against relegation.

On Saturday, after a 2-0 home defeat by Rennes, he was confronted by several drunken fans blocked his car as he was driving out of the Beaujoire stadium.

They kicked the car and banged on the windscreen and one fan tried to open the car door.

Barthez exchanged punches with one of the fans, before security staff moved in to separate them.

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