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A historic Treble win for Manchester City

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A historic Treble win for Manchester City

Blues fans across Manchester have been celebrating their club’s first Champions League title.

Thousands gathered at live screenings, where they watched Manchester City secure the Treble after beating Inter Milan 1-0 in Istanbul.

Manchester City fans celebrate at the Depot Mayfield in Manchester
Two fans celebrating and one kisses the badge on his shirt

Others continued celebrations late into the night outside the Etihad Stadium.

Ecstatic fans told the BBC they were “over the moon”.

Manchester City fans outside the Etihad Stadium celebrate their side's victory
Manchester City fans celebrate at the Depot Mayfield

One woman said: “It was honestly the best moment – it’s never over until the 90 minutes are over.”

Another fan said: “I couldn’t have ever dreamt this but over the last 10 years, I suppose it’s been coming.”

City captain Ilkay Gundogan paid for 120 local people involved with the Community Integrated Care charity to have a Turkish meal while watching the game.

Man holding Gundogan face mask and inflatable cup balloon

The German midfielder, who was born to Turkish parents, has supported the group since the coronavirus pandemic and wrote a letter, saying: “The challenges you face on a daily basis require immense courage, and your ability to overcome them is remarkable.”

Greater Manchester Police said the night “passed without any significant trouble” locally but one man was arrested on suspicion of damaging a police vehicle.

fans on top of police car with smashed window
Image caption,A man was detained after a police vehicle’s window was smashed

Officers added they made “several arrests” on suspicion of public order offences following “minor incidents” in Piccadilly Gardens.

In Istanbul, players celebrated with their families.

At least 20,000 City fans travelled to watch the final in Turkey.

Manchester City's Erling Braut Haaland on the pitch with kids after winning the Champions League

The triumphant squad are due to land at Manchester Airport later and will hold a trophy parade on Monday.

Sections of Oxford Street and Hall Street will close in Manchester city centre on Sunday in preparation.

Thousands are expected along the route, which starts at Tonman Street, Deansgate, at 18:30 BST on Monday, before travelling through St Mary’s Gate, Cross Street, King Street and then finishing on the corner of Princess Street and Portland Street.

City goalkeeper Ederson leaving their team hotel in Istanbul wearing a shirt saying "the best team in the land"
Image caption,City players – including goalkeeper Ederson – left their Istanbul hotel on Sunday

A stage show will be held in Oxford Street, where entertainment starts at 17:30 BST with the squad expected to arrive at about 19:30.

Transport officials urged fans to travel by tram to St Peter’s Square and Victoria but to avoid alighting at Deansgate.

Workers in the area were also advised to expect a longer journey time.

Supt Gareth Parkin, from Greater Manchester Police, said: “The parade will be a joyous occasion… and while we expect the vast majority of people coming together to be genuine fans, we urge you not to drink in excess or be involved in anti-social behaviour.”

Source: BBC

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