Anti-Semitic soccer brawl turns deadly
A Paris St. Germain soccer fan was killed by a police officer
last night after one hundred and fifty 'soccer fans' following the Paris team's loss to HaPoel Tel Aviv in Paris.
The incident at a McDonald's fast food restaurant near the Parc des Princes stadium occurred after Hapoel Tel Aviv's 4-2 victory over PSG in a UEFA Cup match.
The officer, who was not identified, was trying to protect a Hapoel Tel Aviv fan set upon by some 150 PSG supporters, police said. He lobbed tear gas when the crowd went after him then fired two shots, "having been driven into a corner," police said.
The Paris prosecutor's office and the National Police General Inspection unit, which probes incidents involving law enforcement officers, were investigating, police said.
French Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour denounced the "climate and tension at certain soccer matches." In a statement, he said the incident was "unacceptable and tainted the image of sports."
Even European soccer is not normally this violent - or so it appears anyway:
"The seriousness of this event confirms the absolute necessity of fighting racism and anti-Semitism among PSG fans," Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe said in a statement.
Earth to Mayor Delanoe: If you fight the anti-Semitism among in your national government
, it may even cool the anti-Semitism among PSG soccer fans.