Chelsea and Man City fans clash in an ugly street brawl on the second night of fighting
in Porto. There were more violent scenes in Porto on Thursday evening, as Chelsea and
Manchester City fans continued their skirmishes ahead of Saturday’s Champions League
Footage shown on local TV and shared on Twitter showed skirmishes breaking out after
dark near the Douro river.
One clip showed chaotic scenes in the middle of a busy road as fans faced off against
each other before scattering when police arrived.
Two people were reportedly injured after skirmishes near Porto’s Sao Bento railway
station and in the city’s popular riverside quarter known as the Ribeira.
Police confirmed one man had been taken to Santo Antonio Hospital following an
incident near the station around 10pm local time on Thursday night. A second incident
occurred around half an hour later.
Tens of thousands of supporters are descending on the Portuguese city for the match,
which was moved from Turkey at the last minute.
With Portugal being the only major European destination on the UK’s green list –
meaning travellers won’t need to self-isolate on their return – groups of fans have taken
advantage of the chance to combine the match with a holiday, even if they don’t have a
A total of 16,500 fans are allowed into the stadium to watch the final, representing a
third of its 50,000 capacity.
Anyone attending has to show evidence of a negative Covid test and authorities are
planning to escort groups of supporters to and from the stadium to try to avoid exposure.
But hundreds have already travelled separately of these arrangements and have set up
camp ahead of the crunch fixture.
Tensions are high ahead of Saturday’s huge game, with Portuguese authorities reportedly
considering upping security in the days before the match.
Two groups of hooligans were seen swapping punches briefly at the entrance to the
station after throwing chairs at each other despite the attempts of a waiter to halt the
One man was knocked to the ground moments before the riot officers appeared on the
scene as cars tried to manoeuvre round the brawling fans at a traffic light. One of the
officers caught hold of a man’s top and appeared to come close to arresting him before
he wriggled free.
The two incidents occurred as bars and cafes were closing. There were no reports of any
arrests. Police sources said both incidents had been resolved ‘quickly.’