Tear gas and water cannon used at fan zone during Euro 2016 final

Dozens tried to enter the fan zone at foot of the Eiffel Tower which had reached capacity

 

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 5pm, police said.

During the second half of the match, police used water cannons to keep people from trying to break in again, while firefighters extinguished scooters and a car set on fire just outside the fan zone.

“The fire is being handled,” a police source said.

Police called on drivers to steer clear of the Eiffel Tower and nearby Trocadero area as some people were blocking traffic and intercepting cars.

The game ended in a 1-0 victory for Portugal.