Spurs fans warned over Moscow trip
Published 23/09/2016 | 02:30
Tottenham Hotspur yesterday took the unprecedented step of warning their fans not to wear club colours while travelling to Moscow for the first meeting between teams from England and Russia since the violence that marred the countries' European Championship clash.
Spurs and the UK Foreign Office both issued their formal travel advice to supporters ahead of the club's Champions League trip to face CSKA Moscow on Tuesday.
The secretary of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust also urged fans attending the match to be "more vigilant" in light of the "awful" scenes in Marseille and Lille, in which CSKA fans were involved.
Spurs' advice read: "Please note, for additional personal security, it is suggested that you do not show your football colours until you are inside the stadium.
"Whilst flags and banners are welcome at the stadium, we recommend that they are not openly shown in the city centre."
The advice for supporters to be inconspicuous in Moscow came in the wake of June's Euro 2016 fixture at which England fans were targeted by Russian hooligans.
Dozens of England supporters were injured, with one left fighting for his life in a coma, after black-T-shirted thugs sporting knuckle-dusters and mouth-guards went on the rampage in Marseille before the match. Russian fans attacked again inside the Stade Velodrome at the end of the sides' 1-1 draw, while hostilities resumed days later in Lille and Lens.
T-shirts worn by some of the hooligans featured the names of CSKA and Lokomotiv Moscow.
Spurs said yesterday they had no intelligence CSKA fans were planning an ambush next week, insisting they had no fears of a repeat. Only 250 supporters are expected to travel to Moscow. (© Daily Telegraph, London)