Pope graceful in German defeat
German and Italian soccer fans clashed in several German cities after Germany's 1-2 defeat in the Euro 2012 semi-finals to Italy with dozens of arrests and several people hurt, police said yesterday.
Police were deployed en masse in the western city of Wuppertal, setting up roadblocks to prevent around 800 German and 600 Italian supporters converging, they said.
Thirteen people however were still slightly injured, including a police officer, and 27 people arrested, 18 of whom were charged, police said.
In the northern city of Wolfsburg, which has Germany’s biggest proportion of inhabitants of Italian origin, police said there were chaotic scenes for about an hour after Thursday evening’s final whistle. Fourteen arrests were made and several people were hurt.