Saturday 24 September 2016

Tear gas and water cannon used at fan zone during France-Portugal match

Published 10/07/2016 | 21:47

Garbage burns during clashes near the Paris fan zone at the Eiffel Tower during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Garbage burns during clashes near the Paris fan zone at the Eiffel Tower during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

French police fired tear gas to disperse dozens of people trying to enter the "fan zone" at the foot of the Eiffel Tower to watch the final of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament on Sunday evening to prevent overcrowding.

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The zone, where crowds can watch games on giant outdoor screens, was closed after reaching its maximum capacity of 90,000 at around 7 p.m. (1700 GMT), police said.

During the second half of the match, police used water cannons to keep people from trying to break in again while firemen extinguished scooters set ablaze just outside the fan zone.

"The fire is being handled," a police source said.

The match between France and Portugal began at 1900 GMT and by 2100 GMT the score was still 0-0.

Tear gas floats in the air near the Eiffel Tower near the Paris fans zone before the start of the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Tear gas floats in the air near the Eiffel Tower near the Paris fans zone before the start of the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Tear gas floats in the air near the Eiffel Tower near the Paris fans zone before the start of the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French gendarmes secure the area outside the Paris fan zone before the start of the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Tear gas floats in the air during clashes near the Paris fans zone before the start of the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Garbage burns during clashes near the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Tear gas floats in the air during clashes near the Paris fan zone at the start of the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French CRS riot police charge during clashes near the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Garbage burns during clashes near the Paris fan zone at the Eiffel Tower during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Garbage burns near French CRS riot police who secure the area during clashes near the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Tear gas floats in the air during clashes near the Paris fans zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Tear gas floats in the air during clashes near the Paris fans zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
Garbage burns during clashes near the Paris fan zone at the Eiffel Tower during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match, in Paris REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French riot police face off with youths during clashes near the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris, France REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French CRS riot police hold a position during clashes near the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris, France REUTERS/Stephane Mahe
French CRS riot police hold a position during clashes near the Eiffel Tower at the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Youth taunt French riot police during clashes near the Eiffel Tower at the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
French riot police react with tear gas during clashes near the Eiffel Tower at the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
French gendarmes secure the area near the Eiffel Tower at the Paris fan zone during the Portugal v France EURO 2016 final soccer match in Paris REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer

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