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Austrian Police are investigating following crowd violence at the end of a Leeds United pre-season friendly. 25 fans - including three from Leeds - were arrested, and five people were injured.
Salzburg Police say the problems actually began when some fans of Leeds' opponents Frankfurt , on the way to the ground, refused to pay bus fares and stormed security at the stadium.
After the game, trouble flared again when Leeds fans went on to the pitch to meet the players - and then, according to Austrian police, were attacked by German rivals. Chris Dawkes, who is following the pre-season tour, sends this exclusive report:
Police in Salzburg say 25 people have been arrested after violence at a friendly game last night.
A statement says problems began when Frankfurt fans refused to pay bus fare and then stormed security at stadium.
Key points from the Salzburg police statement are below:
- Three Leeds fans and two police officers were injured during the fight with Frankfurt fans, in which 17 Frankfurt fans were arrested. In total, police made 25 arrests in relation to events at the game. Around 1,100 fans were present at the match.
- Problems began before the game in the city of Salzburg, when a public bus was was blocked because around 50 Frankfurt fans refused to pay the fare to Eugendorf.
- When these Frankfurt fans arrived on foot at the stadium, they stormed the entry controls and became violent towards the security personnel. Officers intervened immediately and four fans, who had initiated the fighting, were arrested. Two security officers were injured.
- A short time later a Leeds fan was arrested after throwing a seat at security. Frankfurt fans tried to retaliate, but were prevented by the rapid action taken by the police. Flares were fired several times during the game - it is not known which fans were involved with this.
- Leeds fans went onto the field at the end of the game and moved towards the area of the Frankfurt fans. The situation escalated quickly and there was an attack on the Leeds fans. Officers were immediately able to end this.
- Outside the stadium Leeds fans were again attacked by the Frankfurt fans. The fight moved to the centre of Eugendorf, where police had to use pepper spray to end the brawl.
Daily newspapers in Austria are reporting on trouble at last night's friendly between Leeds United and Eintracht Frankfurt saying, "friendly match in Eugendorf ends with brutal fights".
Meanwhile, Austria's biggest newspaper, Krone, has reported that local police were warned (article in German) of the potential for a number of Frankfurt's "Ultras" attending the game.
Police have reportedly made around 20 arrests after violence flared between Leeds United and German football fans at the end of a pre season friendly match in Austria.
Riot squad officers armed with pepper spray were drafted in as dozens of rival Leeds and Eintracht Frankfurt supporters clashed.
There are unconfirmed reports that two fans have been injured.
Leeds United's 2-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in Salzburg has been marred by crowd trouble.
Riot police were forced to intervene after fighting broke out between rivals fans during the pre-season friendly.
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