After Paris Saint-Germain lost the Champions League final, on Sunday, the French capital police announced that they had arrested 148 people who had participated in riots that led to material losses.
Paris Saint-Germain fans set cars on fire, smashed storefronts and clashed with police, security authorities said on Monday.
Police said on “Twitter” that violence occurred around the “Parc des Princes” and on the Champs-Elysées during and after the match against Bayern Munich, which Saint-Germain lost 1-0.
Thousands of fans of the French team gathered in the “Parc de Prince” to support their team from a distance, as they were watching the meeting, which was held in Lisbon through a giant screen.
The riot lasted for several hours, as groups of fans threw bottles and fireworks at the police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Cars were set on fire on the Champs-Elysées, façades were smashed and shops were vandalized. The police indicated that they arrested 148 people “especially for causing damage, violence or throwing projectiles.”
Sixteen policemen were injured, 12 shops were attacked, and about 15 cars were damaged, according to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanan.
On Sunday, Darmanan condemned, in a tweet on Twitter, “unacceptable” violence, and thanked the police for arresting “small groups of violence and rioters”.
Social distancing measures were ignored both inside and outside the “Parc des Princes” stadium among fans hoping to see their team’s first title in the most important competition on the continental level.
Police stated that 404 people were arrested for not wearing medical masks and adhering to regulations aimed at curbing the outbreak of the new Corona virus.
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Earlier, Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo called for “mature celebrations” in the event that Paris Saint-Germain beat Bayern, after the team’s supporters clashed with the police after beating Leipzig 3-0 in the semi-finals.
“I’m disappointed! They (Paris Saint-Germain) squandered a lot of chances and unfortunately in the final, which is irreplaceable,” said Nicolas Monet, as he left the stadium after losing.
While Ann Fennison expressed her disappointment with the result, “In the first half, we were the best on the field, but we paid the price for the poor performance in the first twenty minutes of the second half.”