Severe riots in Barcelona
Shortly after FC Barcelona won the Champions League final in London, violent riots broke out early Sunday morning in the Catalan capital.
According to media reports, more than 130 people were injured in the clashes between police and supporters of FC Barcelona. The injured included 37 policemen.
In addition, police arrested 84 people. According to police, the arrested men had attacked police officers and destroyed property and bus shelters.
Over 50,000 Barcelona fans were in attendance at London’s beautiful Wembly Stadium for the championship match against Manchester United. The score was tied at 1 – 1 going into the second half, but Barcelona’s relentless attack led by superstar striker Lionel Messi wore Manchester United down in the second period when they were outscored 2 goals to none to lead to the final 3 – 1 win for Barcelona.
Spanish media reported that the rioting began when a group of youths threw bottles and other objects at police. The clashes lasted at least two hours. Police were forced to use rubber bullets against the rioters in an attempt to prevent further injury to officers and property.