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SBD Global/May 15, 2013/International Football
Paris Police Ban PSG From Public Celebrations Following 'Mob Violence' At Title Party
Published May 15, 2013
'MOB VIOLENCE': REUTERS' Julien Pretot reported "some of those involved wore PSG shirts and climbed on to temporary scaffolding" as the club's players were showing off the French champions' trophy. As the players were forced to leave the Place du Trocadero, the ceremony's public announcer said, "The scaffolding is going to collapse. We can't welcome the players in these conditions." Riot police "fired tear gas to try to disperse the crowd" after up to what police estimated was 15,000 people had gathered to celebrate PSG's first league title since '94. Bus shelters "were destroyed during the episode with some of the people involved covering their faces" (REUTERS, 5/13). In London, Peter Allen reported "shops were looted, cars burnt out, and passers-by threatened by hooded youths during confrontations between hooligans and CRS riot police, who used tear gas and baton charges against the thugs." A photographer at the scene said, "There are gangs of hooligans everywhere, targeting whatever they can. This isn’t about football -- it’s about mob violence. The Champs Elysee is a battlefield" (DAILY MAIL, 5/13).