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Tottenham fans are attacked in Lyon

Updated: Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 09:21 | Comments

Tottenham fans were attacked in a Lyon pub
Tottenham fans were attacked in a Lyon pub

Tottenham have confirmed that three of their fans sustained "minor injuries" in an attack on a pub in Lyon last night.

Up to 50 masked thugs attacked the Smoking Dog pub where around 150 Tottenham fans had gathered on the eve of their Europa League match against the French side.

Spurs revealed this morning that those who were caught up in the attack did not suffer serious injury, and that arrests had been made relating to the incident.

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."

Eyewitnesses told last night of how the group of attackers smashed doors and threw cast-iron chairs, wooden objects, and a flare into the pub, which is popular among ex-pats in the French city.

Witnesses to the attack also claimed the assailants made Nazi salutes.

It is the second time that Tottenham fans have been targeted by an apparent anti-Semitic attack in the last three months. In November, fans of the club, which has a traditionally strong Jewish following, were ambushed inside a pub in Rome on the eve of their game against Lazio.

Eyewitnesses inside the Smoking Dog said the thugs attacked the bar at 10.18pm on Wednesday night and then returned shortly after to launch another assault on the pub, which was damaged extensively as a result.

The pub's landlord, Dave Eales from Retford, said: "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 into 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."

Far-right thugs were blamed for the knife attack on Tottenham's supporters in Rome and two eyewitnesses last night claimed the attack could have had an anti-Semitic motive.

One, 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."

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