Arrests over Spurs fans attack

French police have arrested three men following a gang attack on a bar packed with English football fans in Lyon.

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Three arrested over attack on Spurs fans in Lyon

French police have arrested three men following a gang attack on a bar packed with English football fans in Lyon.

Smashed glass at the Smoking Dog pub in Lyon Credit: PA Wire

Tottenham Hotspur fans said around 50 masked men, some making Nazi salutes, smashed doors and threw chairs, wooden objects and a flare into the Smoking Dog pub where up to 150 supporters had gathered ahead a match against the French side.

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Spurs: Three fans suffered 'minor injuries' in Lyon

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed three of their fans suffered "minor injuries" after an attack in a Lyon pub last night.

A general view of the Smoking Dog pub in Lyon. Credit: Paul Hirst/PA Wire

Around 50 masked thugs attacked the Smoking Dog pub where roughly 150 Spurs fans had gathered on the eve of their Europa League match against the French side.

A Tottenham spokesman said: "Club officials attended an incident last night in Lyon. A group of around 50 people confronted fans. The situation was dealt with and arrests were made within the hour. Three fans sustained minor injuries and received prompt medical assistance.

"Spurs officials and stewards will be in the city throughout the day, along with matchday French police ahead of kick-off."

Pictures of pub following 'attack' in Lyon

French Journalist Alexander Aucott has taken this image showing the damage to the Smoking Dog pub in Lyon.

Bar stools and other bar items across the floor Credit: Alexander Aucott/Daybreak

Witnesses described a group of up to 50 masked men, some making Nazi salutes.

Three people are reported to be in hospital, one with a head injury.

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Spurs fan: 'Drips of blood left in the bar' in Lyon

They came in making Nazi salutes. It was frightening. Rome was fresh in everyone's minds. Everyone realised this was serious.

They left and then we thought that was it, but five minutes later it started again.

The intruders did not get in to the bar because it was full of Spurs fans. There were drips of blood left in the bar. The owners barricaded the pub between the two waves of attacks.

– Christian Radnege, Spurs fan

In November last year, the President of the Italian Football Association apologised to the English FA following a "disgraceful attack" on Tottenham fans in Rome.

'Two waves of attack' on bar filled with Spurs fans

One eyewitness who did not want to be named, said:

There were 50 who attacked in the first wave and 25 in the second. It's a pretty scary thing when you're confronted by people doing Nazi salutes.

A lit flare was thrown through the window as well as the heavy weight, the kind that's used on terraces to hold down umbrellas. It was terrifying. I've never seen anything like it. They threw iron stools through the windows as well.

Lyon badly damaged pub after 'coming under attack'

Eyewitnesses who were inside the Smoking Dog pub said thugs attacked the bar at 10.18pm on Wednesday night. They then returned to launch another assault, leaving the pub badly damaged.

At 10.18 the pub was rammed with Tottenham fans watching the Champions League on the television. The front of the pub, which is made up of reinforced glass, was attacked by 20-25 people.

They threw projectiles through the windows. There was a stand off. They didn't get in to the bar. Then it calmed down. Then they came back a second time and it all started again.

There were three injured Tottenham fans taken away by ambulance. One of them had a head injury. I'm not sure how bad it was.

– Dave Eales, pub landlord
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