Saturday 24 February 2018

Watch: 'Gibraltar is ours' - Leicester City fans trash Madrid square ahead of Atletico game

A selection of Leicester City fans have trashed Plaza Mayor in Madrid ahead of the club's Champions League quarter-final with Atletico Madrid on Wednesday evening.

Leicester qualified for the Champions League this season when they won the Premier League title last year, and after getting topping Group G in the group stages, Craig Shakespeare's side drew last season's finalists Atletico Madrid in the final eight.

Leicester will play Atletico this evening in the Vicente Calderón, roughly five kilometres south of Plaza Mayor, were a selection of Leicester fans flung objects towards police and trashed local establishments in the build up to the game.

Fans were also heard heard chanting profanely "Gibraltar is ours! Gibraltar is ours!", in relation to the UK and Spain's ongoing negotiations regarding the country's status as British territory, despite being situated on Spain's south coast.

Earlier, Spanish police said eight Leicester fans were arrested for "causing a mess" on Tuesday night in Madrid.

Owynn Palmer-Atkin, reporting for BBC Radio Leicester in the Spanish capital said: "There was a couple of flares that went off - blue smoke, then a bang, and that is when you heard the tone of the chanting change.

"The noise of the crowd seem to quieten and then become more of a panic.

"There was another bang and that is when the riot vans started charging across the square. I find it incredible a police van would travel that fast in a crowded square."

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