Scores ar­rested as PSG fans riot af­ter de­feat

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS / SPORTS -

More than 150 peo­ple were ar­rested as Paris Saint-Ger­main fans set cars ablaze, smashed shop win­dows and clashed with po­lice in the French cap­i­tal af­ter their team's Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal de­feat to Bay­ern Mu­nich, po­lice said late Mon­day.

The vi­o­lence oc­curred around the Parc des Princes sta­dium and on the Champs-El­y­sees av­enue dur­ing and af­ter the match on Sun­day night, po­lice said on Twit­ter. Thou­sands of sup­port­ers had gath­ered at the Parc des Princes to cheer on PSG, light­ing flares and chant­ing as they watched the 1-0 de­feat in Lis­bon on a big screen.

Even as it bat­tles a resur­gence of coro­n­avirus in­fec­tion, France al­lows up to 5,000 peo­ple to at­tend big events such as sports matches, pro­vided so­cial dis­tanc­ing and other pro­tec­tive mea­sures are in place. The trou­ble lasted sev­eral hours, as groups of fans threw bot­tles and fire­works at po­lice, who re­sponded with tear gas and rub­ber bul­lets, an AFP re­porter said.

On the Champ­sEl­y­sees, ve­hi­cles were set on fire, win­dows bro­ken and shops van­dalised. Po­lice said 151 peo­ple were ar­rested on charges in­clud­ing vi­o­lence against law en­forcers, theft, pos­ses­sion of stolen goods, dam­age to prop­erty and re­fus­ing or­ders to dis­perse.

They in­clude 49 mi­nors. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Ger­ald Dar­manin said on Twit­ter that 16 po­lice were in­jured, 12 shops at­tacked and about 15 ve­hi­cles dam­aged in the ram­page. In a tweet on Sun­day night, he con­demned the "un­ac­cept­able" vi­o­lence and thanked the po­lice who ar­rested "small vi­o­lent groups, trou­ble­mak­ers."

Burned-out cars and bro­ken glass still lit­tered the Champs-El­y­sees Mon­day morn­ing, where ri­ot­ers had van­dalised and bro­ken into a flag­ship branch of French sports goods chain De­cathlon.

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