Wednesday 23 August 2017

Video: Leeds United fans attacked by Eintracht Frankfurt supporters in Austria 'friendly'

Fans from Leeds and Eintracht Frankfurt clashed last night
Fans from Leeds and Eintracht Frankfurt clashed last night

Leeds United fans have been attacked by rival supporters following a pre-season friendly defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Austria.

The clashes came after the 2-1 defeat on Tuesday night, with local police indicating in a statement this morning that they blamed supporters from the German club for the trouble

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There were 25 people arrested, although is unclear how many of them were from Leeds. It has been confirmed that three English fans needed medical treatment along with two security staff.

Salzburg Police also accused Frankfurt supporters of causing trouble in Eugendorf and Salzburg before and after the game, as they pursued fleeing English fans into the town centre.

Riot police had already entered the stadium in Eugendorf to separate the two sets of supporters after around 100 from Frankfurt, some of them wearing balaclavas, confronted a smaller group from Leeds after the final whistle.

One Leeds supporter, Neil Slinn, 53, from Garforth, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “A few of us went over to applaud the Frankfurt fans. I was going to shake their hands. Then their ultras jumped over the (advertising) boards and started attacking us. Some were wearing balaclavas and we were outnumbered.”

Leeds are on a pre-season tour of Austria, with a training camp based 50 miles to the west of Salzburg. Manager Uwe Rosler and the players had already left the pitch when the violence erupted.

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