Crowd trouble marred Leicester City’s 3-1 win over Legia Warsaw as police officers were injured in violent clashes. The police said visiting supporters have been arrested, following ugly scenes in the away end of the King Power Stadium. It’s the second European fixture this season to descend into violence with Napoli and City supporters clashing in September.
On Thursday night, hundreds of police officers battled unruly Legia fans, who began their attacks under the cover of a smokescreen in the second half. Just after the hour mark, around 30 flares were set off simultaneously in the away end, where more than 1,000 travelling fans were housed.
As smoke filled the King Power Stadium, groups of Legia supporters started to encroach towards the City fans in the East Stand, goading police. More clashes ensued before the police regained control and calm was restored before full-time, around 20 minutes after the flares had first been set off.
Leicestershire Police’s football unit tweeted to say that arrests had been made following the violence, which had left several officers hurt. They said: “Long day/night. A number of arrests have been made of away supporters during the evening, some officers have been injured. “Thanks to you LCFC fans for your support, further updates will follow in the coming days.”
Though the violence caught the eyes of the Home team manager who said, “There seemed to be some trouble up in the far corner, so I didn’t see so much of it. But obviously it went on for a period of time and it’s not something you want to see at a football game to be honest. I haven’t seen or heard any details on it yet but hopefully no-one’s been injured.”