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More than 150 held as PSG followers riot after defeat in Champions League last

A person hurls a flare close to the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris after PSG’s Champions League last defeat to Bayern Munich on Sunday. — AFP/Files

PARIS: More than 150 individuals had been arrested as Paris Saint-Germain followers set automobiles ablaze, smashed store home windows and clashed with police within the French capital after their group’s Champions League last defeat to Bayern Munich, police mentioned Monday.

The violence occurred across the Parc des Princes stadium and on the Champs-Elysees avenue throughout and after the match on Sunday night time, police mentioned on Twitter.

Thousands of supporters had gathered on the Parc des Princes to cheer on PSG, lighting flares and chanting as they watched the 1-Zero defeat in Lisbon on a giant display.

Even because it battles a resurgence of coronavirus an infection, France permits as much as 5,000 individuals to attend large occasions resembling sports activities matches, offered social distancing and different protecting measures are in place.

The hassle lasted a number of hours, as teams of followers threw bottles and fireworks at police, who responded with tear gasoline and rubber bullets, an AFP reporter mentioned.

On the Champs-Elysees, automobiles had been set on hearth, home windows damaged and retailers vandalised.

Police mentioned 151 individuals had been arrested on costs together with violence in opposition to regulation enforcers, theft, possession of stolen items, injury to property and refusing orders to disperse.

They embody 49 minors. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin mentioned on Twitter that 16 police had been injured, 12 retailers attacked and about 15 automobiles broken within the rampage.

In a tweet on Sunday night time, he condemned the “unacceptable” violence and thanked the police who arrested “small violent groups, troublemakers.”

Burned-out automobiles and damaged glass nonetheless littered the Champs-Elysees Monday morning, the place rioters had vandalised and damaged right into a flagship department of French sports activities items chain Decathlon.

Far-right National Rally (RN) chief Marine Le Pen, in a tweet, accused the federal government of failing to “prevent scenes of rioting that tarnish sport and ridicule the authority of the state.”

‘Get examined’

Social distancing measures had been ignored inside and out of doors the Parc des Princes amongst followers who had hoped to see their Qatar-owned group’s first triumph in Europe’s prime membership competitors.

Police mentioned 404 individuals had been stopped for not carrying face masks, now necessary in components of town as a part of measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Anne Souyris, deputy Paris mayor accountable for health points, mentioned supporters who adopted the match in teams ought to all take coronavirus assessments.

“All those who stayed together all the evening and the night need to go and do a test,” she instructed Franceinfo radio.

“We see hundreds upon hundreds of people who are not wearing a mask and that’s a real problem,” she mentioned. “I firmly urge all those who were on the Champs-Elysees to get tested,” she added.

There has been rising concern in current days over a surge in coronavirus instances in France which authorities have blamed largely on younger individuals not observing social distancing guidelines.

Almost 4,900 new instances had been recorded on Sunday, a brand new post-lockdown document.

‘Party’ in Marseille

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo had known as for “mature celebrations” ought to PSG beat Bayern, after supporters clashed with police following their 3-Zero win over RB Leipzig within the semi-finals.

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

“We are disappointed but we weren’t dreadful,” one other PSG fan, Anne Vaneson, instructed 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.”

In the Mediterranean metropolis of Marseille feelings had been completely different. Supporters of native favourites Olympique de Marseille couldn’t conceal their glee over the downfall of their Paris rivals.

“It is time to party, they have lost!” mentioned Samir M’Kirech, watching the match at a pub within the Vieux-Port waterside space of town the place an enormous cheer had gone up as Bayern scored the successful purpose.

Police urged any PSG supporters in Marseille to stay discreet and even banned supporters from carrying PSG shirts across the Vieux-Port. That resolution was quickly reversed after an outcry.

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