Video: Violent scuffles break out between rival fans ahead of Man City-Sevilla Champions League tie
Fighting has broken out in Manchester ahead of a big night of Champions League football involving the city’s two big clubs.
Manchester United are playing CSKA in Moscow and their neighbours City are entertaining Spanish side Sevilla at their Etihad Stadium home, with footage appearing on Twitter showing fighting between rival gangs.
The Manchester Evening News are reporting that police have stepped in to break up the fights that saw seats from open air bars being thrown by two sides in the battle.
“Five people have been arrested following a fight outside Sinclair's Oyster bar in Exchange Square involving Sevilla fans ahead of the Spanish club's Champions League match with Manchester City at the Etihad tonight,” report the local Manchester newspaper.
It's all kicking off in Manchester.. More chairs thrown than the WWE. pic.twitter.com/kh3TqSJXr9— Soccer St. (@SoccerSt_) October 21, 2015
“Police were called at around 1.30pm following reports of trouble between football fans.”
Other reports have suggested that Polish trouble makers were to blame for the fighting, which was caught on mobile phones by shocked onlookers.
City fans vs Sevilla fans in Manchester earlier. pic.twitter.com/ulkvWlOJrg— MCFC Info (@MCFClnfo) October 21, 2015
The images are a reminder of football’s dark past, when scenes of this nature were common place among English supporters both on home soil and when their travelled abroad to watch their teams in action.
Yet the initial reports on this incident suggests that English supporters are not to blame for today's events.
A tweet from Greater Manchester Police also suggested Polish football supporters were involved after trouble at nearby Shambles Square.
The tweet read: "3 x Polish Football fans arrested for a violent disorder following the incident at Shambles Square earlier this evening."
Reports have suggested some of the people involved in the trouble were wearing the colours of Polish club Slask Wroclaw, whose fans have clashed with those of Sevilla recently.