In the wake of Marseille’s devastating defeat to Atletico Madrid, scores of football hooligans, who hadn’t made it to Lyon to watch the final, took to streets of their home cities in violent protest over the outcome of the match. Multiple pictures and videos uploaded on Twitter show crowds of fans trading blows, setting fire to trash bins and cars, and smashing windows of surrounding shops.
In some places, police decisively advanced on the Marseille supporters; according to media, they resorted to tear gas and batons to finally restore calm by the early hours of Thursday.
Although detentions predominantly occurred in Marseille, there are reports that Lyon locals also engaged in street fighting, which left many of them heavily bruised.
Final da @EuropaLeague em Lyon, França. @OM_Officiel x @Atleti Os Ultras do Olympique Marseille fazem a festa com muitos sinalizadores e bandeiras. Na Europa! O tal Primeiro Mundo. Mas no Maracanã não pode, na América do Sul não pode, por que @CONMEBOL? #naoaofutebolmoderno pic.twitter.com/hqaj7KQ1zZ— Mauro Cezar (@maurocezar) 16 мая 2018 г.
In the run-up to last night’s rampage, hordes of supporters fought in the stands of the 59,000-seat Groupama Stadium in Lyon and fired off flares.
Many social media users pointed to the enhanced security deployed to Lyon ahead of the landmark final.
A sizable security presence in Lyon as police aim to avoid clashes between Marseille supporters and the local Lyon fans, ahead of the Europa League final. pic.twitter.com/N3nu5oujoh— Kevin McGuinness (@FussbalIKevin) 16 мая 2018 г.
Last night, Spain’s Atletico Madrid resoundingly beat Marseille 3-0 in Lyon to win the UEFA Europa League for the third time, with Antoine Griezmann, French football star, scoring twice. The latter has naturally sparked an emotional reaction on Twitter:
I see people laughing at #AntoineGriezmann for celebrating his first real trophy at age 27. I for one am ecstatic that a player who was once rejected by Lyon, Sain-Etienne, Sochaux, and Auxerre played a huge role in the success of #AtleticoMadrid— Sean Monaghan (@SeanMonaghanSM) 16 мая 2018 г.
Never give up #EuropaLeague 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/72w5a52o4v