Legia Warsaw fans clash with Madrid police

Legia Warsaw fans clash with Madrid police
By Eurosport

18/10/2016 at 22:52

Legia Warsaw's off-field woes continued on Tuesday with their fans involved in running battles with police in Madrid ahead of their Champions League match with Real Madrid.

Legia are competing in the tournament for the first time in 20 years with around 3,500 from Poland apparently travelling to support the team against the defending champions.

They lost 5-1, but the match was marred by ugly scenes involving Legia supporters and local police in the Spanish capital.

Some police officers are seen on the ground while others are attacked in one clip amid running battles.

Legia will play the return match against Madrid in an empty stadium on November 2 after UEFA took action following crowd trouble at their own ground.

The Polish side lost 6-0 to Borussia Dortmund last month in their opening match of the competition, but the disappointment of defeat was compounded by the disgraceful scenes at the Polish Army Stadium.

A small but organised minority in the 28,000-strong crowd tried to attack the away fans, covering their faces and using pepper spray against security staff.

There was also widespread use of fireworks, objects thrown and allegations of racism, although Legia issued a statement on the club website to apologise for their fans' behaviour but deny that the chants were anti-semitic.

The charges Legia faced related to crowd disturbances, fireworks, throwing object, insufficient organisation, racist behaviour and blocking stairways. UEFA also charged Dortmund for their fans' use of fireworks and throwing objects.