Pictures have emerged of Chelsea and Manchester City supporters clashing in the streets of Portugal ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final.
Footage shown on local television – and then shared on Twitter – showed brawls breaking out near the Douro river.
One clip showed manic scenes on a busy main road as rival groups came together ahead of Saturday’s huge clash between the Premier League clubs.
Two rival groups swapped punches near the entrance of the Sao Bento railway station, following chairs being thrown at each other.
Local Police then confirmed that one man had been taken to Santo Antonio Hospital following an incident at around 10pm local time on Thursday night. A second incident then occurred around an hour later.
Police confirmed that both clashes had been dealt with accordingly and resolved “quickly”.
16,500 fans are allowed inside the Estadio do Dragao on Saturday to watch the game – which is a third of the stadium’s 50,000 capacity.
Fans attending have to show evidence of a negative Covid test and local authorities are planning on keeping large groups, that haven’t got a ticket, away from the stadium.
It has been reported that the Portuguese authorities are planning on increasing the security ahead of the weekend’s Champions League showdown.
Chelsea are searching for their first triumph in the European competition since 2012, while Man City are looking to lift the famous trophy for the first time.
Rui Moreira, the Mayor of Porto, confirmed that the incidents were not as serious as first feared.
“This morning, people were asking me if it was serious, no, it wasn’t. Nobody was arrested,” Moreira said to Sky Sports.
“The Police were very careful – they know how to handle that because we are a football city. After every match, there’s always something going on.”
On the pitch, both Edouard Mendy and N’Golo Kante have been included in the Blues’ traveling squad for the final, despite recent injuries to the pair.
Mendy was taken off in last weekend’s defeat to Aston Villa, while Kante missed the clash in the Midlands because of an ongoing hamstring problem.
Thomas Tuchel will be looking to do one better than last season, where he was beaten in the Champions League final as Paris Saint-Germain.
Source by Football London