Lille’s title celebrations draw thousands into the streets for an open-top bus parade, despite Covid-19 CURFEW after PSG was knocked off the Ligue 1 top spot – with seven arrests and three people taken to hospital
- During the open bus parade in Lille, the city center was filled with thousands of people
- French football was shaken after PSG was wiped from the top spot
- Christophe Galtier won the title by one point during the last weekend of the season
- Seven arrests were made and twenty people were treated by emergency services
Thousands of people flocked to the streets of Lille on Monday to celebrate the stunning Ligue 1 title victory claimed during the last weekend of the campaign.
Christophe Galtier’s side shocked French football this season by toppling giants PSG and stopping the Parisians from winning a fourth straight title and an eighth in nine years.
Lille sealed the famous trophy with a victory over Angers, leading to monumental scenes on Monday that continued into the evening after a locally imposed Covid-19 curfew.
The Lille players rode around town in an open-top bus to celebrate an incredible title victory
Thousands of people took to the streets to see the carriage and glimpse the trophy
Torches went off as the city turned a sea of red and smoke during the joyful scenes
Strong security lines were needed to keep the parties in order
Police also confirmed that seven arrests had been made, while a number of people were in need of medical attention.
Police had to make seven arrests, including one for ‘attempted murder of police by vehicle,’ the region’s government said.
Three people were arrested for throwing projectiles, two for burning trash cans and one for possessing fireworks, it added.
Twenty people were treated by emergency services, including three who had to be taken to hospital, the statement said.
Fans stayed out all day, despite a locally imposed Covid-19 curfew
Lille shocked French football by knocking the dominant PSG out of first place in Ligue 1
The police had built a roadblock to control access to the Grote Markt, the historic center of the city, but supporters gathered anyway and were allowed to enter the square through side streets.
They waved flags and scarves in their team colors, in a red halo of smoke, to the sound of exploding fireworks as they sang and danced ‘We are the champions’ and ‘Freed from desire’.
The mood was generally festive and good-natured as Lille fans rejoiced at the improvement of France’s most dominant side of the modern era.
The trophy was canceled on Sunday after a dramatic victory over Angers on the final day
Jonathan Ikone and Jonathan Bamba from Lille celebrate their title win
On Saturday, the regional prefect Michel Lalande had called on de Rijselaren to ‘enjoy this sports moment in complete safety, in a health context that is improving but remains vulnerable’.
He asked “everyone to continue to respect all applicable health measures and not to set off fireworks on public roads.”