Weapons found on PSG fan coach ahead of Women’s Champions League tie

Weapons, including knives and knuckle dusters, have been found on a bus carrying visiting Paris Saint-Germain fans ahead of Thursday’s Women’s Champions League game against Chelsea.

The bus, carrying around 50 people, was stopped near the Kingsmeadow Stadium in south London earlier in the day, and one man was arrested for possession of drugs.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said “the remaining passengers were escorted from the area by police”.

Earlier in the day a group of PSG fans caused “criminal damage” to property near the stadium in Kingston, and there were “sporadic instances of disorder involving visiting supporters at both Waterloo and Wimbledon stations”.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said she is expecting a “hostile” second leg on Wednesday in Paris but is confident that fans can safely make the trip.

She added: “We have to remember that the women’s game is progressing.

“And with that comes the same level of scrutiny, and ultimately they have to behave, whether it’s our fans or their fans. The police dealt with it in the right way today.”

Goals from Hannah Blundell and Erin Cuthbert sealed a 2-0 quarter-final first-leg victory for Chelsea.

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