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Paris police arrest 148 after PSG setback


French police officers observe a burning car on the Champs-Elysées in Paris after the Champions League final between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, Sunday, August 23, 2020.


Paris police arrested 148 people in the riots led by Paris Saint-Germain fans, which destroyed cars and shop windows after the club’s defeat in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

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

The city council urged fans to get tested for the coronavirus, amid a spike in cases in France.

Anne Souyris, Paris Public Health Director, told France-Info radio on Monday that PSG fans who gathered in groups “must have tests” in one of the city’s laboratories.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin reported on Twitter that 16 police officers were injured in the riots Sunday night. Police were unable to provide an estimate of injuries to fans.

PSG had the illusion of emulating Marseille as the only French team to establish themselves in the top club competition in Europe, but lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich. The defeat was celebrated in style in Marseille, where fans cheered with fireworks.

In Paris, anti-riot police broke into a bar near the Champs Elysees to forcibly remove those present who were not wearing masks or did not comply with social distancing measures due to the pandemic.

The riot police used tear gas to disperse fans who gathered outside the stadium. PSG broadcast the game on two giant screens in the Parque de los Príncipes, with 50,000 fans inside to comply with the maximum allowed within the protocol to prevent the spread of the virus.