Chelsea fans caught in violence as French police use batons and tear gas in Lille

Chelsea fans gathered in the northern French city of Lille on Wednesday ahead of their Champions League Round of 16 match against the Ligue 1 champions but some were caught in the act of violence.

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Chelsea fans caught being violent in front of their team Champions League The second leg in Lille, French police used batons and tear gas.

Thousands of Blues fans flocked to the northern French city to watch the match against the French champions on Wednesday night. Thomas Tuchel’s side hold a two-goal advantage in the draw following last month’s first leg result at Stamford Bridge and are favorites to book seats in the last eight.

However, traveling fans were caught up in the violence with video footage showing a large group of Blues fans singing songs and drinking in the streets of the town, with minor skirmishes break out. Local police in riot gear were then seen entering the vicinity and using batons and tear gas at fans.

Police entered the scene armed with riot weapons and batons

Fans on the street get caught up in the violence

One Chelsea The fans have come Twitter to write after the incident: “THE HUGE pain hitting the back and standing near tear gas for ages.” They then posted an update 20 minutes later to clarify: “We are singing chelsea chelsea chelsea chelsea lille. The fans came starting from our side. (If that’s you, thank you very much) I didn’t realize until throwing the second one. ”

Another Blues fan wrote on Twitter: “Probably the worst experience at a football-related place. We were actually really peaceful drinking in a pub far away, but suddenly we were hit with tear gas. I don’t know why the police officers are bombing gus. ”

A local police spokesman, who said the violence began shortly after 6:30pm, said: “We were called to the bar after complaints about the behavior of supporters.” around the city.”

The atmosphere on the street seemed light and comfortable at first

The local police are aggressive towards the gathered fans

The incident happened to Chelsea where a club is currently operating under special licenses – severely restricting their source of income – and shirt sponsors The three have suspended their partnership, worth £40 million per year.

The West London club are desperate to secure a new owner amid a budget crisis, with their funds decided by the British government after sanctions imposed on the owner of The Blues, Roman Abramovich. This billionaire has had his assets frozen in the UK after Russia repeatedly invaded Ukraine, although he continues to deny any connection to the president Vladimir Putin. EU has then impose more sanctions about oligarchs.

On Saturday, Premier League confirm they have suspended Abramovich as club director. Barclays has also suspended the club’s bank account and it is possible that the Blues could face financial constraints between now and the summer due to the precarious situation.

Police say they arrived at the scene at 6:30pm

The atmosphere at the scene became tense

The Blues have enjoyed a strong season on the pitch and hope to retain the Champions League title, which they won for the second time in history last season. They have led French side Lille 2-0 from the first leg last month at Stamford Bridge and are favorite favorites in the last eight.

Lille won the Ligue 1 title spectacularly last season, beating heavy favorites Paris Saint-Germain to take the crown in one of European football’s weakest titles. Owner Christophe Galtier then left in the summer, causing business results to go down. Despite their significantly improved results in the second half of this campaign, they are still far behind sixth in Ligue 1.

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