Tear gas and water cannon used at fan zone during France-Portugal match
Published 10/07/2016 | 21:47
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.
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.