World soccer’s governing body suspends Real Madrid after refusing to move from ground

Photo World soccer’s governing body, FIFA, suspended Real Madrid’s attack to win the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday because they would not obey orders from riot police to move away from the scene of…

World soccer’s governing body suspends Real Madrid after refusing to move from ground

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World soccer’s governing body, FIFA, suspended Real Madrid’s attack to win the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday because they would not obey orders from riot police to move away from the scene of the clashes between an estimated 2,000 ticketless fans and riot police in Paris’s Eiffel Tower.

Police were attempting to quell a violent night of fighting involving fans of Italian clubs Roma and Lazio, who sought refuge in the top level of the Eiffel Tower after police attempted to escort them out of the area on their way to their final game of the UEFA Champions League final, which Roma won.

Police said that 200 people had been arrested by Wednesday morning.

Photos of Parisian streets after the blasts on May 23, which targeted the French national stadium.

Reaction to Mr. Blatter’s departure has so far been muted. Mr. Blatter was widely expected to step down after years of controversy over his leadership of FIFA, which came to be seen as kowtowing to powerful industrial countries.

Here is what one prominent critic of Mr. Blatter’s approach, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had to say on Tuesday night:

“I was ecstatic when he was forced to resign. This is a stupid institution that needs to be cleansed. I am never going to be a FIFA fan again. FIFA is so corrupted, it’s unbelievable. You’ve got this infrastructure of greed that you cannot even trust. We’ve got corruption and we’ve got blackmail.”

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In recent days, several large-scale acts of rioting have broken out among rival soccer supporters, leaving dozens dead and hundreds injured. The Brazil national team bus was stoned before the World Cup match against Mexico in Fortaleza in May, and last weekend, in what the Brazilian government said was another sign of deteriorating law and order, seven people were killed in a clash between Rio de Janeiro police and rival crime gangs, according to the Globe and Mail.

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