The incident happened as big spending Paris Saint Germain and Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb prepared to meet in last night's Champions League match. Police arrested 24 people after a late-night ruckus was reported on Monday.
The violence took place in the Place de la Bastille, one supporter of the Croatian champions is said to be badly injured. The following day French Police arrested a further 80Zagrebfans, staying in a hotel in the city centre, in a bid to dilute any further street conflicts.
Interior Minister Manuel Valls explained that Dinamo fans were banned from travelling to the Ile de France region between midnight on November 6th and noon on November 7th. Croatian police had apparently warned French authorities that 150 to 200 Dinamo Zagreb hooligans, known as 'Blue Bad Boys', were planning to travel toParis.
Two weeks earlier around 100 PSG supporters were turned back from the Croatian border, after attempting to watch the same fixture in Zagreb. This was despite Paris fan’s clever tactics of renting cars in Italy and trying to pass into Croatia via the Slovenian boarder.
Both teams have a reputation for hooliganism, particularly PSG fans who have been active since 1985, until only recently when the deaths of two of their own supporters forced the relevant authorities to clamp down on the club.
PSG won the game 2-0 in the Croatian capital two weeks ago but went even on further on Tuesday night, winning the return home leg 4-0. This was despite the Croatian side having 73% possession in the first half. Summer signing Ibrahimovic continued his impressive start for the club providing three assists.
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