Soccer fans clash with church members over stadium plaza

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian police have been called in to break up clashes between soccer fans and members of an evangelical church in a dispute over who owns a sprawling plaza in front of the main entry to a stadium.

Hundreds of members of The Upper Room church wearing yellow construction helmets arrived in buses early Monday and began painting walls, covering images of famed players from the Alianza Lima club.

Soccer fans soon arrived and the two sides clashed. Police used tear gas to break up the confrontation.

The club and church dispute ownership of the plaza. Both say they have documents proving it’s theirs. It’s now used for concerts, parking and a gathering place for fans. The Upper Room wants to hold worship services there.

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