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Paris St-Germain and Dinamo Zagreb fans clash before Champions League tie

6th November 2012

• Twenty-eight arrests made after fighting in French capital
• At least two people injured after fight near the Bastille

Twenty-eight people have been arrested after a brawl in central Paris between fans of Paris St-Germain and Dinamo Zagreb before their Champions League match.

At least two people were injured in the Monday night fight near the Bastille, police said.

The Croatian fans were not allowed to buy tickets for Tuesday’s match and were banned from France amid fears of hooliganism.

About 100 PSG supporters were turned back from the Croatian border ahead of the corresponding 24 October fixture to head off similar problems.

Hooliganism has been rife among a section of hardcore PSG supporters since 1985, until a crackdown by the club following the deaths of two supporters in 2006 and 2010.

“I strongly condemn the serious public order disturbances that happened last night,” the Paris Mayor, Bertrand Delanoe, said in a statement. “I would like to salute the rapid response of the police service.”

Two weeks ago, PSG hooligans tried to travel independently of the club but were foiled by border police trying to cross into Croatia from Slovenia, with cars rented in Italy.

PSG’s reincarnation into a big-spending club chasing big names comes after years of disarray.

The last time PSG played in the Champions League in the 2004-2005 season, there were violent clashes near the stadium with rival hooligans from Chelsea and CSKA Moscow. Four years ago, hooligans from PSG and FC Twente scattered Christmas shoppers as they clashed violently in broad daylight in the city’s historical centre, Saint-Michel, and later outside the stadium.


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