Dutch supporters clash with police in Lyon

6th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, April 5 (AFP) - PSV Eindhoven supporters clashed with police in the centre of Lyon on Tuesday on the run-up to the Champions League game in the evening, an AFP reporter said.

LYON, France, April 5 (AFP) - PSV Eindhoven supporters clashed with police in the centre of Lyon on Tuesday on the run-up to the Champions League game in the evening, an AFP reporter said.

Three Dutch fans and one French supporter have been held for questioning after the incidents at the Bellecour square in the centre of Lyon at about 5pm (1500GMT).

They may be charged with violent behaviour towards police while armed, according to the same source.

Dutch supporters threw empty beer bottles at police who then charged at the fans several times. Many fans and pedestrians fled the square to take shelter in the metro.

PSV Eindhoven stewards tried in vain to calm things down. When the CRS riot police, stationed close by, arrived at about 5:35pm, hostilities ended.

Both sets of supporters also clashed near the square at about 7pm where objects were thrown, but, according to police, no one was hurt.

Several hundreds of PSV supporters had amassed on the square at about midday, dressed in the white and red stripes of their team. Most were peacefully drinking beer while giving the odd chant supporting their team.

Lyon face PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of the quarter-final with Tuesday's other match being between England's Liverpool and Juventus of Italy.

The last time Liverpool met Juventus, in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels for the 1985 European Cup final, 39 people died when a wall collapsed as Juventus fans tried to escape a surging mass of Liverpool supporters.

© AFP

Subject: French News

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