Tuesday, 14 May 2013

30 injured and 21 arrested as riot police shutdown Beckham and his PSG team-mates' party in the city

Fans marching: But the atmosphere of the occasion was unfortunately to change
David Beckham and his Paris Saint-Germain team-mates paraded the French league trophy in celebrations at the Trocadero square Monday marking the club's first domestic championship in 19 years.
But some fans clashed with riot police who were seeking to disperse the huge crowd after the players left following a short appearance.  There was not even time for a speech from coach Carlo Ancelotti or captain Thiago Silva, who held the trophy aloft with central defensive partner Mamadou Sakho.

Dressed smartly in dark suits, the players' appearance at a square overlooking Paris brought loud cheers from the tens of thousands of fans in attendance, some of whom stood on rooftops, lit flares or climbed scaffolding.

The celebrations were delayed by more than an hour but, having waited for their first league title since 1994, the supporters didn't mind the wait and cheered loudly throughout.

'It's huge, they're happy and it's been a long time since they waited for this,' PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi said.
Scenic? The club's fans walk down the Champs Elysees, with L'Arc de Triomphe in the background
Out of hand: It was a shame those present couldn't just enjoy a first title in 19 years
But the players hardly had time to milk the applause before they were moved on by security officials, as small groups of riot police started to move forward with the mood turning ugly.

Small groups of disgruntled fans threw stones and other objects at the police, who fired tear gas canisters in response.
Police intervention: Tear gas was then needed as the behaviour of those present got out of control
'There were fireworks, flares and a bit of (tear) gas flying about,' PSG defender Zoumana Camara said.
'But you can understand that a bit because they (the fans) have been waiting for so long.' The players were later scheduled to continue their festivities with a planned boat trip along the river Siene.

Riots: Paris police were needed at Trocadero
Shameless: It's another occasion in which football fans have got it all wrong and in the public eye
PSG had serious problems with hooliganism from 1985 to 2010, with two of its supporters killed in the last seven years as a result of hooligan clashes outside Parc des Prince stadium.
The club then took measures to combat the problem and radically changed its ticketing policy.

PSG's 1-0 win at Lyon on Sunday night clinched the championship with two rounds remaining.
Decorated: David Beckham joined in the celebrations when the atmosphere had been pleasant
Ultras? It wouldn't be the first time fans of the club have been guilty of hooliganism
Sporting director Leonardo did not attend the ceremony after reportedly being hospitalised overnight and treated for a stress-related ailment before being released Monday afternoon.
Leonardo was involved in a verbal altercation with Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Sunday's match, with television images showing the club's top scorer shouting angrily at the sporting director in the changing room after the match. Leonardo also faces a long ban after barging into the referee in a corridor following PSG's 1-1 draw with Valenciennes less than two weeks ago.
Huge turn out: The French champions' fans had showed up in big numbers to mark their team's achievements
Painting the town red: PSG's illustrious squad made no secret of the joy they are taking from their success
Elder statesman: France is the fourth country in which Beckham has won the title
Brazilian influence: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is PSG's main man but they have a significant South American contingent
Reachable: The talented squad showed that they have time for their many fans
World class: Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva are two of PSG's best players and among Europe's finest
Sightseeing tour? The iconic Eiffel Tower had made a suitable backdrop when the celebrations were peaceful
Passionate: The club's fans have been waiting a long time for glory, having not won the league since 1994


  1. teaars and joy..

  2. so dis beckham dat played ow many matches is happy he has won trophy.. hiss*