Anti-riot police storm Paris bar during Champions League final

Police have clashed with crowds in Paris after football fans were said to have been found flouting rules to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Dozens of disgruntled Paris Saint-Germain fans were upset on Sunday after their team lost to Bayern Munich in the Champions League final in Lisbon.

The 1-0 defeat ended PSG’s bid to join Marseille as the only French club to win Europe’s competition.

During the match around a dozen riot police in full gear burst into a bar in the centre of the city to remove fans watching the game.

According to Paris police officials, the crowd was dispersed because some people were not wearing face coverings or were failing to follow social distancing rules.

In the west of the city, police used tear gas to disperse fans outside the club’s stadium at Parc des Princes, frustrated that they could not see the game on two giant screens.

Government officials had urged people to wear masks in public before the game, and several bars were closed due to COVID-19.

More than 200 people were cautioned by police for not wearing face coverings, according to interior minister Gerald Darmanin.

Paris police officials said there were no arrests.

Extra security measures had been put in place on Sunday for the Champions League final with 3,000 police deployed on the Champs-Elysees, as well as to prevent large numbers gathering outside Parc des Princes.

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