Rangers and Eintracht fans clash AGAIN in more violence as chairs and punches are thrown ahead of Europa League final
RANGERS fans have clashed with Eintracht Frankfurt ultras in Seville again ahead of tonight’s Europa League final.
The two sets of supporters were filmed throwing chairs at each other as terrified locals ran for cover.
A German ducked as one of the missiles narrowly missed his head.
Then a Rangers fan was punched around the face and head after being surrounded by a gang of Germans and left lying seemingly unconscious on the ground on his back.
A friend rushed to his aid as the Eintracht Frankfurt hooligans moved away but he looked to be in a bad way after the brutal beating.
The Germans tried to use giant street parasols local traders were using for shade as protection as the chair missiles rained down on them after they went on the defensive following their initial attack.
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Police sources identified the spot where the incident occurred around 6pm local time this evening as the Puente de los Bomberos in the neighbourhood of San Bernardo, built in the 1920s over railway tracks that existed at the time.
It is near to a city centre street called Calle Puerta de la Carne where the violence continued.
Outraged locals retweeted the footage to Seville mayor Antonio Munoz and Seville City Hall’s official account.
A group of young cyclists on rented cycles had to get off their bikes and sprint for safety as the chairs were hurled through the air behind them.
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The violence showed the difficulties police are facing in controlling the tense situation in Seville amid increasing fears of more serious problems after tonight’s match.
Police officers in a patrol car surrounded by Germans as they fought with Rangers fans a few feet away could do nothing but radio for help as they were engulfed by a mob of shirtless men.
At one point in the ugly scenes, the second episode of serious violence to mar the southern Spanish city in less than 24 hours, another Rangers supporter was kicked and punched after launching himself at a rival fan.
Fellow Gers followers who went to his aid also took a beating, with one being whacked over the head with a chair before finding his way to safety.
A packed bus had to slow down as it entered the danger zone, nudging gently through the fighting fans in surreal scenes after it found the road blocked.
Two brave cops who arrived to aid the stranded police patrol car were filmed attempting to break up the two sets of warring fans as the sirens of emergency responders wailed and the Germans beat a hasty retreat.
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Whether any arrests had been made is still uncertain or if there were any serious casualties apart from the Scot knocked to the ground after being pummelled around the head.
It was not immediately clear what sparked the latest trouble after fans had earlier enjoyed beers together in a friendly atmosphere in southern Spain.
However, there was also violence last night as riot police intervened when Frankfurt supporters in balaclavas launched flares towards their Scottish rivals in similar scenes between Eintracht and West Ham fans in March.
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Five Germans were arrested last night, Spanish police confirmed.
Tonight's match is a 9pm kick-off local time at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium with a major European trophy and a place in next season's Champions League up for grabs.
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