PSG’s first Ligue 1 title celebration in 19 years cut short by rioting fans

Brooks Peck
May 13, 2013

While more experienced domestic champions Barcelona and Manchester United held relatively incident free parades through their respective cities, PSG fans celebrated their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 by busting up shop windows and fighting police.

The riots began Sunday night after PSG beat Lyon 1-0 (which was also followed by Zlatan Ibrahimovic yelling at Leonardo until he ended up in the hospital). They resumed on Monday as PSG held their open-top bus parade through Paris. The parade concluded in front of the Eiffel Tower, where the players lifted the trophy and the fans switched back into riot mode.

Some supporters threw projectiles at police in riot gear, who responded by spraying tear gas. Others used makeshift battering rams to bust the glass of shop windows. And one man even climbed atop a museum because why not?

The party was eventually cut short as police dealt with the unruly crowd, which began climbing up the temporary scaffolding on a nearby building. From Reuters:

"The scaffolding is going to collapse. We can't welcome the players in these conditions," the ceremony's public announcer said as the players were forced to leave the Place du Trocadero earlier than expected.

Riot police fired tear gas to try to disperse the crowd after up to 15,000 people -- according to police -- gathered to celebrate PSG's first league title since 1994.

All in all, it was everything Zlatan Ibrahimovic could have hoped from a victory celebration.

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