Shocking footage of Manchester City fans being beaten by Spanish police before the club’s Champions League tie against Real Madrid last week has been posted on You Tube.
Reports before the game at the Bernabeu, which Madrid won thanks to a late Cristiano Ronaldo strike, highlighted pre-match violence from police, although follow-up reports have been somewhat thin on the ground.
The footage, posted by blogger David Dubas-Fisher, shows Spanish police using their batons to beat Manchester City fans before the game, with one man shown laying on the floor appearing dazed and confused, and being tended to by his fellow supporters.
Writing in his blog, Dubas-Fisher gave graphic details of the violence that occurred on the streets of Madrid just outside the Bernabeu.
He wrote: “Blood was pouring from heads, and men laid out unconscious in the streets. Last night, Manchester City´s fans learned the hard way that the Spanish Police haven´t changed much since General Franco died in 1975.
“What started off as a peaceful drinking session outside the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu in Madrid turned into a scene of bloody violence as Manchester City fans clashed with the Spanish Police.
“City fans had gathered at one of the bars outside the world-famous stadium and were drinking and singing on the street before the historic game.
“However, this all proved too much for the Spanish Police as they marched onto the scene and demanded that the City fans move on.
“Without provocation Police then began to hit fans around the back of the thighs and buttocks with truncheons in a move to force them to get away.
“Not being used to these heavy-handed tactics, City fans began to protest the Police´s actions, which only caused the police to turn more aggressive, beating fans around the head, knocking them to the floor.”
Although the video doesn't appear to show police being provoked, one fan can be seen throwing a pint of beer at an officer.
Warning: Video contains strong language
One of the first to highlight the violence, Natalie Pike, a match day presenter for City, tweeted before kick-off: “Been going football 20 years never seen anything like it. On my life city fans doing nothing but singing and having fun.
"Women, kids, teenagers, all treated like scum. So out of order. Am so upset.
"The bar was so busy people were standing on the street outside. All innocent and friendly. No warning, no one asking us to move.
"The police just got there batons out and moved people along by smacking them."
Spanish police are yet to comment on the incident.
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