Paris police arrest 148 after PSG lose in Champions League final

Paris police arrest 148 after PSG lose in Champions League final
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Police in Paris have arrested 148 people as Paris Saint-Germain football fans clashed with officers and smashed cars and shop windows after the club lost the Champions League final in Lisbon.

Hundreds of fans were also fined for not wearing masks, a Paris police spokesman said.

Police in Paris arrested 148 people (AP/Michel Euler)

City Hall urged fans to get tested for coronavirus, as France sees a resurgence in virus infections. Senior Paris City Hall health official Anne Souyris said on France-Info radio that PSG fans who gathered in groups “should go get a test” at one of the city’s mobile labs.

Interior minister Gerald Darmanin wrote on Twitter that 16 police officers were injured in the Sunday night skirmishes. Police did not have estimates on injuries among the football fans.

PSG was hoping to join Marseille as the only French club to win Europe’s elite football competition, but lost to Bayern Munich 1-0. The defeat was met with huge celebrations in Marseille, where fans cheered and let off flares and fireworks.

Fans celebrate Bayern Munich’s victory in Marseille (AP/Daniel Cole)

Back in Paris, riot police burst into a bar close to the Champs-Elysees to aggressively remove people, because some were not wearing masks, or were failing to keep social distancing amid coronavirus concerns.

Riot police used tear gas to disperse fans gathered outside the club’s stadium. PSG beamed the match on two giant screens at Parc des Princes, with 5,000 fans allowed inside in keeping with the maximum allowed for football games in France as part of virus protection measures.

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