Barcelona fans celebrated in the Trevi Fountain and filled Rome's ancient alleys with joyful shouts of "Ole" after their team's triumph in the Champions League
Barcelona fans enjoy Trevi moment
ROME // Barcelona fans celebrated in the Trevi Fountain and filled Rome's ancient alleys with joyful shouts of "Ole" after their team's triumph in the Champions League final. By the end of the 2-0 win over Manchester United, at least 18 people were reported arrested, and 18 others were issued citations, but at Stadio Olimpico, thousands of the British team's supporters filed out, disappointed but generally calm. More than an hour after the final, Rome was largely calm as a massive police presence followed the throngs of fans moving through the city. Spoofing Anita Ekberg's romp in the fountain in the Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita, dozens of Barca backers splashed, fully clothed, in the waters glistening under lights on a muggy Roman night. In another famed square, the medieval Campo de' Fiori, Spanish fans sent up a raucous chorus of "Ole, olé." Some wore wigs with bright red hair and horns. "Es la mejor, es la mejor! (It's the best!)" team, one woman shrieked over and over as some danced atop cafe tables lining the square.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of fans flocked to Pope Benedict XVI's weekly audience at the Vatican, waving their flags and scarves before the pontiff. The match referee, Massimo Busacca of Switzerland, greeted the pope. VIPS among the 67,000 people packing the stadium included the Spanish King Juan Carlos; Britain's Prince William; Spain's prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, an avid Barcelona fan, and the Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who owns Serie A team AC Milan. * AP