BREAKING: 5 arrested and police officer ‘breaks hand’ as Tottenham win marred by bottles and fireworks launched by fans
FIVE Marseille fans were arrested following crowd trouble at the end of their 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday – which left one police officer with a suspected broken hand.
There were ugly scenes in the away section at full-time after Spurs had won the Champions League group-stage opener 2-0.
Marseille fans threw a firework into the Tottenham end
Marseille fans also tore down Tottenham’s Pride banner
Stewards had to hold Marseille fans back before riot police stepped in
Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton, formerly of Marseille, was in the away section
Missiles were thrown by both sets of supporters and a firework was lobbed at Spurs fans.
Riot police had to step in to support stewards to hold the Marseille fans back, some of which at one point tried to storm the barricade separating them from their hosts.
The arrests were for a variety of offences including possession of an offensive weapon, affray, being drunk and disorderly and drugs.
The travelling fans also ripped down the Pride banner in their section, which shows Tottenham’s support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
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A statement from the Metropolitan police read: “Five people have been arrested at the Champions League match Tottenham Hotspurs FC versus Marseille FC on Wednesday, September 7.
“The arrests were for a variety of offences including offensive weapon, affray, drunk and disorderly and drugs; all those arrested are believed to be away supporters.
“During the match missiles were thrown on several occasions
“One officer was injured during an arrest and suffered a suspected broken hand.
“There was serious disorder at the end of the fixture and additional officers were deployed to restore and maintain order.”
Both clubs are likely to be hit with a Uefa charge for failing to control their supporters in the coming days.
Uefa’s disciplinary body will assess the report from the game and decide whether to take action – whether it be a warning or a fine. The clubs’ respective previous records will be taken into account.
Spurs won the game thanks to two late goals from Richarlison.
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Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton was also spotted among the away fans, having played for Marseille on loan for a season in 2012.