PSG fans arrested over riot after Champions League defeat

PSG fans have been arrested after rioting over 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich
Ernest Sunday

After Paris-Saint German's loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Lisbon Portugal on Sunday, August 23, 2020, over 480 fans who were rioting over the defeat were arrested in Paris.

The fans of the club back in Paris, France on Sunday clashed with police in the French capital in a riot over the club's defeat in the UEFA Champions League final. They set cars ablaze, damaged windows of many shops, the police reported on Twitter.

PSG fans burnt some cars during a riot at Pac de Prince over champions league defeat against Bayern Munich

The police reported that the riot took place at Parc des Princes stadium and on the Champs-Elysees avenue on Sunday night after the match.

Before the beginning of the Champions League final, thousands of PSG fans gathered at Parc des Princes to cheer the players up from home, lighting flares and chanting as they watched the match on big screens.

After the match ended, the fans started riots that lasted several hours. They threw bottles and fireworks at police who responded to their actions with tear gases and rubber bullets. AFP said.

French police threw tear gas on the football fans who were rioting over PSG's 1-0 defeat against Bayern in the UEFA Champions League final

At Champs-Elysees, the fans set some numbers of Vehicles on fire and wrecked some shops and broke windows. According to the police, 148 people were arrested "particularly for damage, violence or throwing projectiles”.

A report from the Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said that 16 police were injured during the riot, while 12 shops attacked and about 15 vehicles damaged by the fans.

The minister expressed his anger and condemned the actions of the fans which included violating social distancing rules in Parc des Princes and also destroying cars and shops.

He said that the action is unacceptable and commended the police who saw that calmness was maintained.

PSG fans clashed with police during the Sunday night riot over Champions League defeat

Many of the fans were eager to see Paris-Saint Germain win the European title for the first time in the club's history, but it was not the night to be as Bayern cruised to a 1-0 victory through a goal from Kingsley Coman, a former PSG academy.

Earlier before the match, 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.

"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 Vanson, 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."

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