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Chelsea and Man City supporters clash in Porto as riot police threaten warring fans with batons

Rival gangs of English football fans clashed with riot police armed with batons on the streets of Porto today ahead of the hotly anticipated Champions League final tomorrow.

Supporters of Manchester City and Chelsea fought each other and police by the Douro river in the north-west Portuguese city after a bar stool was hurled back and forth.

Armed with flags adorned with their club crests, English fans flouted social distancing as they threw punches and lit up flares in skirmishes following a day of heavy drinking. 

Photos earlier in the day showed hundreds of topless supporters drinking and cheering ahead of the UEFA Champions League final at the Dragao stadium, the home ground of FC Porto.

Up to 16,500 fans will be admitted, with each side allocated 6,000 tickets – with around 2,000 going to UEFA delegates and sponsors – and the rest sold to regular punters in Portugal. 

A fist fight starts among Manchester City supporters drinking by the Douro river bank in Porto

Manchester City supporters clash with police at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Manchester City supporters clash with police at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Football fans have a skirmish with the police by the river Douro in Porto, Portugal

Football fans have a skirmish with the police by the river Douro in Porto, Portugal

Football fans have a skirmish with the police by the river Douro in Porto, Portugal

Football fans have a skirmish with the police by the river Douro in Porto, Portugal

Police officers stand guard as they watch Manchester City supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers stand guard as they watch Manchester City supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers stand guard as they watch Manchester City supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers stand guard as they watch Manchester City supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Fans in Porto clash with police ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto

Fans in Porto clash with police ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto

Police officers stand guard as they watch Manchester City supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers stand guard as they watch Manchester City supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers control supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers control supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Fans in Porto clash with police ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal

Fans in Porto clash with police ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal

Police officers control supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers control supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Fans in Porto ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal

Fans in Porto ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal

Police moves in to stop a scuffle that started among Manchester City supporters drinking by the Douro river bank in Porto, May 28, 2021. English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea will play the Champions League soccer final in Porto on Saturday

Police moves in to stop a scuffle that started among Manchester City supporters drinking by the Douro river bank in Porto, May 28, 2021. English clubs Manchester City and Chelsea will play the Champions League soccer final in Porto on Saturday

Supporters gather at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Supporters gather at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Manchester City supporters light up flares as they gather at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Manchester City supporters light up flares as they gather at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Fans in Porto ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal

Fans in Porto ahead of the UEFA Champions League final in Porto, Portugal

Police officers control supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Police officers control supporters at Ribeira in Porto on May 28, 2021 on the eve of UEFA Champions League final football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at the Dragao stadium

Hundreds of Chelsea and Man City fans have piled into Porto ahead of the hotly anticipated Champions League Final

Chelsea and Man City will face off in the first all-English Champions League final since 2008. Pictured: Fans soak up late Spring sunshine in Portugal

Chelsea and Man City will face off in the first all-English Champions League final since 2008. Pictured: Fans soak up late Spring sunshine in Portugal

Supporters of both Chelsea and Man City have been pictured enjoying their pints and the Portuguese sun today

Supporters of both Chelsea and Man City have been pictured enjoying their pints and the Portuguese sun today

Supporters have been pictured across the Portuguese city, sipping pints in the Porto sun as Manchester City and Chelsea prepare to square off against one another tomorrow.

Thousands of fans will take day trips on Saturday to the final, and will be escorted to and from the stadium and airport to limit exposure in a Covid-secure bubble. 

16,500 tickets have been sold ahead of the first all-English Champions League final for 13 years – but thousands more people have flocked to Porto in the hopes of securing a last-minute seat in the Estádio do Dragão.

The images are in sharp contrast to those that emerged last night, when rival fans clashed at around 10.30pm local time.

Two men traded blows near the escalator entrance to the public transport network – with the others rushing over to intervene.

One of them was left sprawled out in the road as his mates rushed past him to get revenge, as one man is in hospital today in the wake of the fight.

Porto locals stand on their balconies and watch on as English football fans enjoy themselves near the River Douro

Porto locals stand on their balconies and watch on as English football fans enjoy themselves near the River Douro

A group of English football fans enjoy their pints in a bar as they chant near the river Douro in Porto, Portugal

A group of English football fans enjoy their pints in a bar as they chant near the river Douro in Porto, Portugal

16,500 tickets have been sold ahead of Manchester City vs Chelsea - the first all-English Champions League final for 13 years

16,500 tickets have been sold ahead of Manchester City vs Chelsea – the first all-English Champions League final for 13 years

Armed with flags adorned with their club crests, English fans have been enjoying the local bars and soaking up the late-Spring sunshine in the Portuguese city

 Armed with flags adorned with their club crests, English fans have been enjoying the local bars and soaking up the late-Spring sunshine in the Portuguese city

As unmasked fans line the streets in anticipation of the Champions League final, the teams are going through last minute training

As unmasked fans line the streets in anticipation of the Champions League final, the teams are going through last minute training

But thousands more fans are reported to have flocked to Porto in the hopes of securing a last-minute seat in the Estádio do Dragão to watch their side

But thousands more fans are reported to have flocked to Porto in the hopes of securing a last-minute seat in the Estádio do Dragão to watch their side

The thugs continued their fight into the main road as cars blasted their horns as they tried to dodge the fighters during the melee last night.

The footage ended as the groups kicked what appeared to be a dustbin across the street at each other.

A second clip shows the men trading blows down the road from the first fight while glass bottles were hurled and shattered on the pavement.

Local riot police were said to have been called and pulled the two groups apart to end the fighting.

A witness told MailOnline: ‘We walked around the corner and saw the two different groups fighting. The groups sounded British but it was hard to say what team – and I didn’t want to get close enough to find out.

‘The riot police turned up just after the video to separate the two groups and that’s when we walked off.’

Lads on tour: A horde of unmasked English football supporters soak up the atmosphere in Porto ahead of the final

Lads on tour: A horde of unmasked English football supporters soak up the atmosphere in Porto ahead of the final

Pictured: A group of police officers watch on as fans convene in the centre of the Portugal's second most populous city

Pictured: A group of police officers watch on as fans convene in the centre of the Portugal’s second most populous city

A group of bare chested English football fans wearing hats and drinking beer are pictured enjoying the sun in Porto

A group of bare chested English football fans wearing hats and drinking beer are pictured enjoying the sun in Porto

Manchester City fans smile from beneath their masks as their side looks for glory in their first ever Champions League final

Manchester City fans smile from beneath their masks as their side looks for glory in their first ever Champions League final

Shocking footage shows two gangs face off above a Metro stop as they yelled expletives at each other

Shocking footage shows two gangs face off above a Metro stop as they yelled expletives at each other

Local riot police were said to have been called and pulled the two groups apart to end the fighting

Local riot police were said to have been called and pulled the two groups apart to end the fighting

Elsewhere there were other clashes between fans across the city last night as Britons flew out for tomorrow’s match.

Supporters locked horns with local police after they spilled out of bars when they shut at 10.30pm.

Local TV in Porto showed footage of various incidents with Chelsea and Manchester City fans arriving ahead of Saturday night’s huge game.

One clip showed a chaotic scene with a number of people running across a road, while horns blared and yobs yelled. 

Local media and the city’s mayor, Rui Moreira, confirmed that one person was taken to hospital with minor injuries following the brawl. 

Chelsea and City fans reportedly clashed with Porto police and each-other in altercations that could lead to heightened security being deployed on the streets. 

It follows similarly scenes on Wednesday night when Manchester United and City fans fought and had to be broken up by baton-wielding military police.

The City supporters took extra delight in seeing United lose the Europa League final on penalties to Villarreal.

Chelsea and Manchester City supporters are alleged to have violently clashed with police

Chelsea and Manchester City supporters are alleged to have violently clashed with police 

Their jubilation in an Albufeira resort rubbed salt in the wounds for United fans and trouble flared up in popular district bar Oura.

A witness told the Sun: ‘That set off pushing and shoving followed by fighting in the street. Military police had to wade in with batons to break it up.’

There were no serious injuries and there are no reports of anyone being arrested or charged.

United fans watched their side lose against underdogs Villarreal on Wednesday in Gdansk.

City are preparing to face familiar Premier League foes Chelsea in the Champions League showpiece in the Estadio do Dragao tomorrow.

Footage shown on local television showed fans running around in skirmishes as darkness fell

Footage shown on local television showed fans running around in skirmishes as darkness fell

Porto will be braced for more violence in the coming days and may increase security

Porto will be braced for more violence in the coming days and may increase security

A total of 16,500 fans are allowed to watch the game in the stadium, 33 per cent of the 50,000 capacity.

But many more have travelled either in the hope of finding a ticket or simply to be in close proximity to the action while on holiday.

Fans have to have proof of a negative PCR Covid test to enter the venue carried out from May 26 or lateral flow test from May 28.

The game was originally supposed to take place in Istanbul, but the UK placed Turkey on the ‘red’ list – meaning travellers would have had to quarantine for 14-days upon their return.

There are others arriving in Porto who are not restricted by those measures who the police are said to be keeping a close eye on.

Portugal was one of only a handful of countries added to the UK’s ‘green list’ of places to travel from May 17.

But hundreds of thousands of Britons may use a loophole to fly there before travelling over land to their second homes in Spain, France and Italy.

The opening up of flights saw a rush of people jetting to Faro, Porto or Lisbon but there was nothing to stop them renting a car and driving into Europe.

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