AFP 2019 / PHILIPPE LOPEZ
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – French police detained 43 people in clashes that erupted during mass celebrations of the Algerian national football teams victory in the quarterfinal of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, French Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Friday.
On Thursday, Algeria played against the national team of Cote dIvoire. After a 1-1 draw in the final half, Algeria won the penalty shootout 4-3. Algeria will face Nigeria in a semifinal match on Sunday.
"The destruction and incidents that occurred yesterday during celebrations of the [Algerian victory in a match of the] African Cup of Nations are unacceptable. I welcome the response of our troops who were mobilized in Paris and on all other territories to maintain order and stop the unrest. A total of 43 people were detained," Castaner wrote on his Twitter page.
Celebrations started peacefully with fans taking to the streets to express their joy.
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