Manchester City fans were subjected to a horrifying case of brutality by Spanish police during a period of unrest in the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.
The City fans had travelled to the Spanish capital to watch their team take on Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final second leg.
Gareth Bale scored the only goal – later confirmed as a Fernando own-goal – in a drab performance from Manuel Pellegrini's men, who managed to register just one single shot on target during the 90 minutes.
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But the team's performance was, unfortunately, not the worst thing to happen to some of the Manchester City faithful, who appear to have been the victim of an overzealous law enforcer.
One video shows a fan, dressed in a striped top, confronting security staff before being pulled out of the stands by force.
The shocking footage then shows police officers entering the shot, pushing a group of fans back, causing some to stumble. One policeman then proceeds to punch several fans with full force while onlookers scream "You're scum!" in a vain effort to put him off.
As violence erupts, one fan can be seen shielding his head as a policeman plants a fist in his stomach.
Complaints have been launched by fans claiming to have been the victim of a number of isolated incidents where fans were unfairly targeted by police with batons on their way into and out of the arena.
Writing on Twitter, one fan said: “The police in Madrid are an outrage. I’m a very calm respectable person. I’ve been pushed hit and abused by Madrid police.
“Riot police still flying into the city end. One man just dragged out by 7!”
And another fan, @bignickmcfc, tweeted: “City fans getting battered here.
“Woman and kids getting caught up in it too. Truly ridiculous never seen anything like it.”
Ryan Lee Dawson also posted: “Spanish police kettling buttoning and pushing city fans. Missed 20 mins. £100. Major event. Unacceptable. #notanimals.”
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