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Scores arrested as PSG fans clash with police after Champions League final defeat

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Police in Paris arrested 148 people overnight as Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars ablaze and clashed with police on the Champs-Élysées after their team’s Champions League final defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday.

Around 5,000 supporters had gathered at Paris’s Parc des Princes stadium to cheer on PSG, lighting flares and chanting as they watched the 1-0 defeat in Lisbon on a big screen.

After scuffles at the ground, late-night clashes erupted on the Champs-Élysées, where vehicles were set on fire, windows broken and shops vandalised.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo had called for “mature celebrations” should PSG beat Bayern, after supporters clashed with police following their 3-0 win over RB Leipzig in the semi-finals.

Social distancing measures went out of the window inside and outside the Parc des Princes among fans who had hoped to see their Qatar-owned team’s first triumph in Europe’s top club competition.

The Paris police prefecture said more than 400 fans were fined for failing to comply with orders to wear face masks along the famed avenue as well as in the stadium.

                  Police are taunted outside Paris St-Germain's stadium

Thousands of fans had gathered outside the Parc des Princes stadium to watch the Champions League final on a big screen

And there were scuffles between fans and police outside the ground throughout the game, with youngsters armed with fireworks targeted with tear gas by police.

Dustbins and a vehicle were set on fire, and police vans were pelted with bottles. Police cleared away 100 people who gathered at the Porte de Saint-Cloud area of the French capital, near the Parc des Princes stadium.

“I’m gutted! They wasted too many chances and unfortunately in the final that just doesn’t fly,” said Nicolas Mounier as he left the stadium peacefully.

“We are disappointed but we weren’t dreadful,” another PSG fan, Anne Vaneson, told AFP.

“In the first half, we were on a level playing field but we paid for a dip in performance in the first 20 minutes of the second half.”


About Charles Igbinidu

Charles Igbinidu is a Public Relations practitioner in Lagos, Nigeria

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