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UEFA lifts PSG sanction for Barca game

UEFA have lifted a partial stadium closure imposed against Paris Saint Germain which would have applied when the French champions host Barcelona in the Champions League this month.

UEFA lifts PSG sanction for Barca game
PSG star Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: AFP

PSG had been ordered to close two sections of their Parc des Princes stadium as punishment for their supporters' abuse of disabled Chelsea fans during their Champions League quarter-final match in April.

But European football's governing body said on Friday that their appeals body had partially upheld PSG's appeal and instead fined the club €50,000 ($64,790).

PSG will host Spanish giants Barcelona on September 30.

The club have also been ordered to make changes at their stadium "in order that people with reduced mobility are better protected," UEFA said in a statement.

During the April 2 first-leg quarter-final — in which PSG beat the Londoners 3-1 — a group of disabled Chelsea fans were seated among the home supporters due to a lack of facilities in the visitors' stands.

They were subjected to a hail of abuse, spat on, and pelted with plastic bottles.

Chelsea won the April 8 second leg at Stamford Bridge 2-0, ejecting PSG due to the away goals rule.
 

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WATCH: French riot police clear Catalan protesters at highway blockade on border with Spain

UPDATED: Riot squads from the French Gendarme moved in to clear the highway linking France and Spain at La Jonquera border on Tuesday morning, dragging protesters from their camps and firing tear gas.

WATCH: French riot police clear Catalan protesters at highway blockade on border with Spain
Protesters have blocked traffic on the main road between France and Spain. Photos: AFP

A joint police operation by forces either side of the border cleared protesters from the road as the blockade entered its second day. 

“There are no more demonstrators on the highway,” a spokeswoman for the security department of the eastern French Pyrenees said, adding that no-one had been hurt and the motorway was expected to reopen on Tuesday afternoon.   

A reported 19 people were arrested in total, one in Spain and 18 on the French side of the border.

As day broke on the second day of protest mobilised by Tsunami Democratic, the French police force took action to clear the busy border crossing where the AP7 joins France’s A9 dismantling a field kitchen set up by protesters.

Footage posted on Twitter shows the action when police moved in at 8am on Tuesday.

 

French police began the operation to clear the highway on the French side, firing canisters of tear gas to disperse the crowds who had camped out overnight and were singing protests songs around burning braziers.  

The protest is the latest action against the sentencing last month of nine of Catalan separatist leaders to lengthy jail terms and was called to block traffic at the border over a three-day period ending Wednesday night.

“This mobilisation is a cry to the international community so that it makes the Spanish state understand that the only possible path is to sit down and talk,” Tsunami Democratic said in a message to its followers on encrypted messaging service Telegram.

Several hundred people had gathered there, setting up a stage, camp and kitchen.

Although police managed to reopen the AP-7 in the direction of France, protests were still causing flare ups and congestion on roads in the area, including the N-11.

 

 


Protesters hold up signs declaring “All To La Jonquera”. Photo: AFP

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