Barcelona soccer celebrations turn violent

AP, Sunday 29 May 2011

More hooliganism in world football

Barcelona
Barcelona's supporters celebrate their victory against Manchester United during their Champions League Final soccer match in front of a giant screen at Arc de Triomf in central Barcelona (Photo: Reuters)

Street parties in Barcelona celebrating the victory of the city's soccer team in the Champions League final turned violent and at least 11 people have been hospitalized, according to local media reports.

Police say more than 80 people have been arrested after revellers attacked officers with bottles and other objects, and destroyed park benches and bus stops. The scuffles broke out early Sunday hours after Barcelona beat Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley stadium in England.

Police say about 50,000 people flooded the streets of Barcelona to celebrate. A statement says a police officer is among those hospitalized.

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