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Seven people were arrested as thousands of fans gathered despite a coronavirus curfew to celebrate Lille’s Ligue 1 title, the prefecture of the Nord region said on Monday.

The fans gathered in the northern French city after Lille won at Angers to clinch the title in their last game of the season on Sunday night.

“The police had to make seven arrests, including one for ‘attempted homicide against the police using a vehicle’,” the prefecture said.

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Three people were arrested for throwing projectiles, two for burning rubbish bins and one for possession of fireworks, it added.

Twenty people were treated by emergency services, including three who needed to be taken to hospital, the statement said.

The police had set up a roadblock to control entry to the Grand-Place, the historic centre of the city, but supporters gathered anyway and were allowed to make their way into the square through side streets.

They waved flags and scarfs in their team’s colours, in a red halo of smoke, to the sound of exploding firecrackers while singing “We are the champions” and “Freed from desire” and dancing.

The mood was generally festive and good-natured atmosphere.

On Saturday, the regional prefect Michel Lalande had called on the people of Lille to “enjoy this moment of sport in complete safety, in a health context that is improving but remains fragile”.

He asked “everyone to continue to respect all the health measures in force and not to set off fireworks on the public highway”.

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Lille won the Ligue 1 title on Sunday thanks to a 2-1 victory at Angers which ensured they were crowned French champions for the first time since 2011 on the final day of the season.

An early Jonathan David strike and Burak Yilmaz’s penalty in first-half stoppage time ensured that Christophe Galtier’s Lille finished one point ahead of second-placed Paris Saint-Germain, who won 2-0 at Brest.

Angelo Fulgini pulled one back in added time at the end of the match, but the hosts couldn’t stop Lille becoming champions for the fourth time in their history.

“This is exceptional. It’s been a long day and a lot of pressure. To beat Paris Saint-Germain to the league title is something exceptional,” a jubilant Galtier said to Canal+.

“The players were amazing … the credit goes to the players, they are the heroes.”

Lille’s French head coach Christophe Galtier (C) celebrates after defeating Angers and claiming the Ligue 1 title at The Raymond-Kopa Stadium in Angers, northwestern France on May 23, 2021. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)Source: AFP
Lille’s players celebrate after defeating Angers and claiming the Ligue 1 title at The Raymond-Kopa Stadium in Angers, northwestern France on May 23, 2021. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)Source: AFP
TOPSHOT – Lille’s supporters celebrate after winning the French L1 title in Lille on May 23, 2021. – Lille won the Ligue 1 title over Angers which ensured they were crowned French champions for the first time since 2011. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)Source: AFP
Lille’s supporters celebrate after winning the French L1 title in Lille on May 23, 2021. – Lille won the Ligue 1 title over Angers which ensured they were crowned French champions for the first time since 2011. (Photo by FRANCOIS LO PRESTI / AFP)Source: AFP
Lille’s Turkish midfielder Yusuf Yazici (L) and Lille’s Turkish forward Burak Yilmaz celebrate after winning the French L1 football match between Angers SCO and Lille OSC at The Raymond-Kopa Stadium in Angers, northwestern France on May 23, 2021. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)Source: AFP

The title triumph came after another away success for Lille, who finish the season unbeaten on the road since November, and ends a three-year league winning streak for PSG.

Mauricio Pochettino’s PSG will have to settle for the French Cup in a disappointing season for the mega-rich club.

They lost eight times — a record since they were taken over by Qatar Sports Investments in 2011 — and took only one point from their two matches with Lille.

Neymar had already missed a penalty when they took the lead in the 37th minute at Brest thanks to a freak own goal from Romain Faivre, who somehow diverted Angel Di Maria’s corner into his own goal from way out near his own touch line.

Kylian Mbappe made sure of the win in the 71st minute but by that time the destination of the title was already as good as certain.

“There are no worries. We lost the title and now we have to focus on the future,” said Mbappe, who was crowned Ligue 1 top scorer for the third year in a row.

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Tottenham managing director of football Fabio Paratici has been busy since taking up his new role at the start of the month.

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LIVE: After the Matildas kicked off their Olympics football campaign with victory on Wednesday night, the Olyroos are hoping to emulate that feat when they face Argentina on Thursday (8.30pm AEST).

And coach Graham Arnold says his side is ready to ‘shock the world’.

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The Olyroos haven’t made the Olympics since 2008, but coach Graham Arnold – an Olympian himself at Seoul 1988 – says the side aren’t there to make up the numbers.

“We come into this tournament with great expectations to go far in the tournament and win games,” Arnold said.

“I truly believe a lot in this group. In the players that we’ve got. It’s a young group but they’ve got a lot of energy.”

He added: “It’s a great talented squad of young players. They’ve got great energy. And they’re ready to shock the world.

I expect some of our players to take the tournament by storm. We’ve got a great, talented squad. We respect the opposition. We know what their strengths are and where they’re too exposed, their weaknesses, so it’s more the focus on our own performance.”

The Olyroos are Australia’s Under-23s team, though that age limit has been raised by a year for Tokyo after the Olympics were delayed by a year. Each side may have three players above the age limit, though Arnold opted to select only two this tournament – veteran Socceroos striker Mitch Duke and Central Coast Mariners defender Ruon Tongyik, who is mere weeks outside of the age limit.

Their group is extremely tough: Argentina – the current South American champions at both the U-23 and senior level; Spain, the current U-23 European champions; and Egypt, the current U-23 African champions.

But Arnold has plenty of experience at Olympic level, as a player in 1988, assistant coach in 2004, and head coach in 2008.

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Man Utd's ultra attacking XI if Ruben Neves joins and John Murtough signs two more players

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Manchester United are interested in signing Wolves star Ruben Neves in this summer’s transfer window.

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