Fans angry after screen fails

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From the BBC News Desk

Police in Manchester arrest 42 people following clashes with Rangers fans in the city for the Uefa Cup final.

Uefa Cup fans clash with police
Fans leave the streets by Piccadilly Gardens
Fans said the event organisation had been an "absolute shambles"

A number of Rangers supporters in Manchester for the Uefa Cup final have clashed with riot police after a big screen in the city centre broke down.

Officers came under attack after the screen in Piccadilly Gardens failed.

Forty-two people were arrested in the city, including six held after a Russian fan was stabbed inside the City of Manchester stadium.

An estimated 100,000 fans descended on the city to see the match, which Zenit St Petersburg won 2-0.

The injured Russian fan was taken to hospital after being attacked in a seated area of the stadium before the game.

He was stabbed in the back but his injuries were reported as non-life threatening.

Six men, all believed to be Rangers fans, had been arrested in connection with the incident, said Greater Manchester Police.

There were further reports after the game of a group of supporters clashing with police in Manchester city centre, where damage was caused to a bank, bus stops and a sports car which was bounced across a road.

Assistant Chief Constable Justine Curran said: "Today has been a largely peaceful day in Manchester, full of carnival and celebration, and well over 100,000 people have been in the city and behaved themselves.