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Infamous Feyenoord fans light up Manchester with flares

  • Manchester City play Dutch side Feyenoord on Tuesday night at the Etihad in Champions League Group F
  • The game isn’t due to kick off until 7.45pm but Shambles Square in Manchester was very busy around 2pm
  • Feyenoord fans gathered in the area, which is a hot spot for visiting supporters, especially for European ties
  • Some fans lit flares as they loaded up on beer, while local police were on hand to monitor the situation
  • Feyenoord have a reputation for hooliganism and a woman was hit by a glass on their last visit to Manchester

The Shambles Square area of Manchester was rammed full of Feyenoord fans six hours before Tuesday night’s Champions League game at the Etihad Stadium.

Feyenoord have already been eliminated from the Champions League after losing all four of their previous group games but their supporters traveled in large numbers to see their side take on Manchester City.

Some fans were seen lighting up a rainy day in the north of England by setting off flares as they loaded up on beer.

Feyenoord fans filled Shambles Square on Tuesday afternoon as they prepared to watch their side play Manchester City

Flares were lit while the travelling supporters sang songs on an otherwise dismal and rainy day in the north of England

Flares were lit while the travelling supporters sang songs on an otherwise dismal and rainy day in the north of England

Many fans loaded up on beer while Feyenoord flags were hung from the roofs of local businesses

Many fans loaded up on beer while Feyenoord flags were hung from the roofs of local businesses

There was a noticeable police presence, with many more officers expected to be deployed later in the day 

There was a noticeable police presence, with many more officers expected to be deployed later in the day 

A small number of police officers were on hand to supervise, with hundreds more expected to be deployed later in the day.

Feyenoord have a reputation for hooliganism and their previous trip to Manchester saw a woman require medical attention after being struck by a flying pint glass.

More to follow.

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