Marseille fans clashed with Tottenham Hotspur supporters and riot police
Tottenham Hotspur hosted French side Olympique Marseille for their opening game of the Champions League on Wednesday. The host won 2-0 after late goals from Richarlison.
But that was not all that went down. According to a report in the Daily Star, fights broke out at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium between Marseille fans and Spurs faithful. A thin line of stewards prevented all-out violence with riot police also interfering.
Missiles and flares were thrown at the home end as the riot police pushed back the away fans. Spurs fans voiced their disgust, while it is also said that the visiting fans tore down a Pride flag that was hanging up on the corner of the ground.
It is not surprising that the Marseille fans were all donning masks and had scarves wrapped around their faces. Such things could indicate that they must have pre-planned such a commotion.
Joey Barton, who had a spell with the visiting club was spotted in the away end. It is not known if he was involved in hooliganism too. Speaking on the talkSPORT commentary, Sam Matterface described the scenes.
Unseemly scenes. There’s a hoard of stewards and riot police getting involved now as bottles are thrown from either side of the divide. That is absolutely a disgraceful way to end the match… police are trying to form a line between the two sets of fans to stop missiles being thrown between the two sets of supporters.
Richarlison scored a brace late in the second half to seal all three points for Antoni Conte’s side. The visitors were good in the first half but played most of the second half with 10 men after Chancel Mbemba Mangulu was sent off in the 47th minute.
The chaotic scenes dampened a fine night for Spurs and their fans. It remains to be seen if UEFA will intervene and punish either of the clubs for failing to control the crowd. Such behaviour from away fans should be condemned and Tottenham should look to ban this crowd from future games.
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Conte’s men continue their unbeaten start to this season in all competitions. They face a major challenge this weekend when they travel to face an in-form Manchester City this Saturday.