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LONDON (AP) — Visiting Paris Saint-Germain fans have been involved in violence in London before attempting to bring weapons into a Women’s Champions League game against Chelsea.
The first leg of the quarterfinal was played Thursday night at the Kingsmeadow Stadium in south London, with Hannah Blundell and Erin Cuthbert giving Chelsea 2-0 victory.
The disorder began in the morning at the stadium in Kingston where a group of PSG fans are accused of causing “criminal damage” around 8 a.m. The Metropolitan Police said “all those involved had left the scene” when officers arrived.
The force also reported “sporadic instances of disorder involving PSG supporters at both Waterloo and Wimbledon stations.”
Police then stopped a bus that was taking fans to the stadium and found weapons, including knives and knuckle-dusters, and illegal drugs.
Police arrested one man for possession of drugs and said “the remaining passengers were escorted from the area by police.”
The second leg is next Wednesday in Paris.