Gang of up to 50 'masked Nazi thugs' in 'anti-semitic' attack on Spurs fans in Lyon
Published 21/02/2013 | 12:54
THREE Spurs fans have been hospitalised in France after being attacked by a gang of up to 50 masked hooligans chanting Nazi slogans.
The attack, which is the second on Tottenham fans in successive European trips, happened ahead of their side's Europa League match against Lyon.
According to reports police believe the attack, which took place at the Smoking Dog English-style pub in Lyon, was 'of an anti-Semitic' nature and 'well-coordinated'.
Spurs revealed this morning that those who were caught up in the attack did not suffer serious injury, and that arrests had been made relating to the incident.
According to reports Lyon fans were not involved in the attack, which unconfirmed accounts claim was carried out by a far-right organisation.
A Tottenham spokesman said: "Club officials attended an incident last night in Lyon. A group of around 50 people confronted fans. The situation was dealt with and arrests were made within the hour. Three fans sustained minor injuries and received prompt medical assistance.
"Spurs officials and stewards will be in the city throughout the day, along with matchday French police ahead of kick-off."
Witnesses said the group of attackers smashed doors and threw cast-iron chairs, wooden objects, and a flare into the pub, which is popular among ex-pats in the French city. Others claimed the assailants made Nazi salutes.
It is the second time that Tottenham fans have been targeted in an apparent anti-Semitic attack in the last three months.
In November, fans of the club, which has a traditionally strong Jewish following, were ambushed inside a pub in Rome on the eve of their game against Lazio.
Eyewitnesses say the latest attack occured in the bar at 10.18pm on Wednesday night and that the attackers then returned shortly after to launch another assault on the pub, which was damaged extensively as a result.
The pub's landlord, Dave Eales, from Retford, said: "At 10.18 the pub was rammed with Tottenham fans watching the Champions League on the television. The front of the pub, which is made up of reinforced glass, was attacked by 20-25 people.
"They threw projectiles through the windows. There was a stand-off. They didn't get into the bar. Then it calmed down. Then they came back a second time and it all started again.
"There were three injured Tottenham fans taken away by ambulance. One of them had a head injury. I'm not sure how bad it was."
The attack on Spurs fans in Rome, ahead of their game against Lazio in November, resulted in Tottenham Hotspur fan Ashley Mills suffering knife wounds to his head and leg during an ambush at the Drunken Ship pub in Campo de Fiori. Two men were charged with attempted murder over the attack.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said it was aware of reports of an attack and was offering assistance.
Independent News Service