Marseille supporters clashed with Tottenham Hotspur supporters and riot police
Tottenham Hotspur hosted French side Olympique Marseille for their Champions League opener on Wednesday. The host won 2-0 after late goals from Richarlison.
But that’s not all that happened. According to a report by the Daily Star, fights broke out at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium between Marseille supporters and Spurs loyalists. A thin line of stewards prevented outright violence, with riot police also responding.
Missiles and flares were launched at the house as riot police pushed supporters outside. Spurs fans have expressed their disgust, while visiting fans are also said to have torn down a Pride flag which hung in the corner of the ground.
It’s no surprise that the Marseille supporters all wore 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 on the outside. It is not known if he was also involved in hooliganism. Speaking on talkSPORT commentary, Sam Matterface described the scenes.
Inappropriate scenes. There is a horde of stewards and riot police now getting involved as bottles are thrown either side of the divide. This is an absolutely disgraceful way to end the match… the police are trying to form a line between the two groups of supporters to prevent the missiles from being launched between the two groups of supporters.
Richarlison netted a brace late in the second half to seal Antoni Conte’s side’s three points. 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 chilled a fine night for Spurs and their fans. It remains to be seen whether UEFA will step in and punish either club for failing to control the crowd. Such behavior by away fans should be condemned and Tottenham should seek to ban this crowd from playing in the future.
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Conte’s men continue their unbeaten start to the season in all competitions. They face a major challenge this weekend when they travel to face an in-form Manchester City on Saturday.