Yesterday, ahead of the final match in Porto, several fans of Chelsea and Manchester City football clubs engaged in a deadly altercation at a local bar in the city.
A clip shows two small groups of fans clashing in front of a car, including two boys exchanging punches and kicks. Others at the bar threw drinks at each other before the police used batons to disperse the crowd.
Images earlier on Friday also showed fans heated up in central Porto ahead of the Champions League final. Thursday
saw the second night of violence in the city as riot police had to disperse heated fans as staff closed pubs due to Covid restrictions.
Some supporters were unaware of the strict 10:30 p.m. curfew to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the Mirror reported.
People were involved in clashes with the police, it was reported.
Two supporters were injured after embarrassing clashes near Porto’s São Bento station and in the city’s riverside district.
Image of a Chelsea fan drenched in burgundy as blood gushed from his mouth.
Trouble also reportedly broke out after City fans began taunting holidaying Manchester United fans whose team had just taken a penalty against Villarreal in the Europa League final. Police sources said the fights were resolved “quickly”.
Manchester City knocked out PSG in the semi-finals to reach their first Champions League final.
Chelsea beat European champions Real Madrid 13 times to secure their spot in the finals – this is their third appearance in the CL final since the acquisition of the club by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich in 2003.
UEFA moved the big game from Istanbul to Portugal to allow England fans to travel due to the increasing number of cases in Turkey.
About 16,500 supporters will be allowed into the stadium. Many others came to cheer for their team away from home.
Police Commander Paula Peneda told reporters authorities were expecting many English fans without tickets to the city on Saturday, but could not determine the number.
Officials say they cannot stop fans from traveling as British tourists are now allowed in and out of Portugal if they show a negative PCR test result.