Marseille ask fans for restraint against Atletico

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Sports news in brief from around the world on Thursday:

Soccer-Olympique Marseille coach Eric Gerets called on fans to avoid any violence when the French side host Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Tuesday.

"I know they are angry and frustrated but there must not be any incident during that game," he said.

A Marseille fan is awaiting sentence after going on trial in Madrid on charges of public disorder after clashes with Spanish police during the first leg. He faces an eight-year jail term.

Cycling - Spanish triathlete Ivan Rana was presented as a new rider for the Xacobeo Galicia cycling team on a one-year contract.

Rana, who was triathlon world champion in 2002 and finished fifth at the Beijing Olympics, said the move was fulfilling a life-long ambition but that his long-term objective was still to compete in the triathlon at the London Olympics in 2012.

Rugby - Castres chairman Pierre-Yves Revol was elected on Thursday as president of the French Rugby League (LNR) which runs the union game's national championship, the organisation said in a statement on its website (

He succeeds former France fullback Serge Blanco, who did not run for re-election after 10 years at the helm. Blanco is now expected to become Biarritz chairman. (Editing by Miles Evans/Rex Gowar)