Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square is defaced with pro-Chelsea graffiti after club’s Champions League win
- Winston Churchill’s statue in Parliament Square has been scrawled in graffiti
- Graffiti read ‘Chelsea’, ‘CFC’ and ‘1905’ – the year the London club was founded
- The Metropolitan Police are investigating the vandalism following UEFA final
The statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square has been defaced with pro-Chelsea graffiti after the club’s Champions League win over historic rivals Manchester City on Saturday night.
The graffiti, which read ‘Chelsea’, ‘CFC’ and ‘1905’ – the year in which the London football club was founded – was scrawled over the base of the shrine to the British wartime premier in Westminster.
The Metropolitan Police are investigating the vandalism, with officers seen standing by the monument this morning.
A spokesman told MailOnline: ‘On the morning of Sunday, 30 May, officers noted ‘Chelsea FC’ related graffiti on the plinths of two statues in Parliament Square.
‘This has been recorded as criminal damage. CCTV footage will be analysed to identify the person(s) responsible.’
The two Premier League teams battled it out for Europe’s top football prize in Porto on Saturday, just weeks after both clubs attempted to set up the controversial European Super League.
Police officers walk next to graffiti sprayed on a statue of Winston Churchill after Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League yesterday, in Parliament Square
A police officer stands next to graffiti sprayed on a statue of Winston Churchill after Chelsea won the UEFA Champions League yesterday
Thousands of English football fans travelled to green list Portugal after the final was moved from Istanbul in Turkey, a red list country.
On Friday there were scenes of violent clashes between Chelsea and Manchester City fans ahead of the final, and with riot police armed with batons.
Porto Mayor Rui Moreira said one person was taken to hospital but their injuries were ‘nothing serious’. He told Sky Sports News: ‘As far as I know, and I spoke with the police this morning, it was nothing serious.
‘We had to shut down the bars and the pubs because that’s the law, the curfew law, by 10.30pm people had to leave.
Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea lifts the Champions League Trophy following their team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC in Porto
Blues fans took to the streets of London to celebrate the historic win over their English rivals
‘Between the fans, there was some aggression. One guy went to hospital, it was nothing serious, no arrests. People went to their hotels and it always happens. We have this experience also with our national games.
‘You can’t change it, that’s life, but nothing that concerns us so far.’
Videos on social media showed football fans flouting social distancing as they threw punches and lit up flares after a day of heavy drinking in Porto.
Thousands of fans who did not have tickets faced the agony of missing the game on TV, as bars in Portugal close at 10.30pm.
In London, Chelsea fans climbed rooftops and scaled lampposts as hundreds of supporters gathered near Stamford Bridge in scenes of jubilation.
Germany’s Kai Havertz scored the game’s only goal, securing Europe’s most prestigious trophy for manager Thomas Tuchel who only joined the club 124 days ago after he replaced the sacked Frank Lampard.
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