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Chelsea fans sprayed with tear gas as police force fans to leave seats during PSG defeat

Published 17/02/2016

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (right) celebrates his crucial strike with Gary Cahill
Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel (right) celebrates his crucial strike with Gary Cahill

Chelsea fans were targeted with CS spray during the 2-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night for the second year in a row as police imposed strict measures on away supporters at the Parc des Princes.

Some fans in the upper tier were forced to leave their seats shortly before Chelsea’s equaliser, scored by midfielder John Obi Mikel, on the brink of half-time after French police used tear gas to try and keep calm in the stands.

Officers from France’s anti-riot CRS unit lined the away section given that trouble has flared up in previous years between the two clubs, with this season’s Champions League last-16 encounter the third consecutive campaign that Chelsea and PSG have been drawn against each other in Europe.

However, while clashes around Paris were not repeated this year with no reports of fan trouble in the French capital, police did resort to using CS spray on the section of the Parc des Princes stadium containing the Chelsea supporters.

The spray – an irritant designed to make it almost impossible to breathe in forcing large groups to disperse – led to some fans retreating back to the stadium concourse for shelter. Some police officers did claim that the spray had been let off by accident, according to the Daily Mail.

Supporters were also threatened with further measures during the second half, although officers did not carry out their threat and the rest of the match passed by without incident.

Tensions between Chelsea and PSG fans have been high over the last two years following clashes in Paris that has seen English fans attacked in the capital city ahead of matches and a French commuter, named Souleymane Sylla, racially abused after he was prevented from boarding a Metro train by a group of Chelsea supporters.

Sylla took part in PSG’s attempts to welcome their opponents to Paris this year, and the measures taken to try and smooth over relations appear to have succeeded with no rival fan clashes reported by French police.

Independent News Service Jack De Menezes

Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, right, celebrates with teammate Chelsea's Gary Cahill after scoring his side first goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Chelsea's John Obi Mikel, right, celebrates with teammate Chelsea's Gary Cahill after scoring his side first goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
John Mikel Obi of Chelsea scores their first and equalising goal past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard runs during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois (R) takes the first goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) vies for theball with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva (L) during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: Eden Hazard of Chelsea (grounded) is injured during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: John Mikel Obi of Chelsea scores their first and equalising goal past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Former PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti (R) and his wife Mariann Barrena McClay attend the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Brazilian midfielder Willian sits on the pitch during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura falls during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Chelsea's Diego Costa holds his hand to his face as he reacts after missing a chance on goal during the Champions League round of 16, first leg, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Chelsea at the Parc des Princes stadium, in Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian midfielder Lucas Moura (up) falls during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates after scoring a goal during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz looks on prior to the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: Chelsea fans looks at their mobile phones prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's supporters wave flags and cheer prior to the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's supporters cheer during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Former PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti (L) talks with France's national team coach Didier Deschamps (R) next to Brazilian model Izabel Goulart during the Champions League round of 16 first leg football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Chelsea FC on February 16, 2016, at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDKENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 16: PSG players line up prior to the UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea at Parc des Princes on February 16, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

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