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Wolves fans attacked by hooligans in second night of Porto violence

By Jamie Brassington | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

Wolves fans were "ambushed" by "organised groups" of hooligans in Porto in a second night of violence in the city.

Wolves fans clash with hooligans in Porto

The travelling supporters were involved in several clashes after being targeted by hooligans believed to be supporters of Belgian club Standard Liege.

Fans in Portugal told the Express & Star how running battles broke out across the city as British fans were specifically sought out by Belgian supporters, with one man seen lying on the floor surrounded by blood.

Thousands of Wolves fans have been arriving in Porto over the last few days ahead of the team's match in Braga tonight.

WATCH: Police break-up Porto trouble

Wolves fans caught up in Porto violence

Meanwhile Standard Liege supporters have been travelling through Porto on the way to Guimaraes, where they are playing Vitoria SC on Thursday evening.

Videos shared on social media showed chairs being thrown and Wolves fans involved in street confrontations with groups of men dressed all in black.

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Dave Timmins, from Sedgley, said: "We couldn't get away from it, to be honest. Every bar we went to, something happened - waiting for us outside.

"They were everywhere, chucking things at the pub and trying to charge into the pub. We saw one Wolves fan who we think got stabbed. He was laying on the floor with blood everywhere."

WATCH: Chairs thrown in city centre fight

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Wolves and Standard Liege fans clash in Porto

Craig Melia, from Dudley, added: "Police seemed to have it in hand, generally, apart from a few alterations.

"We got in on Wednesday teatime and seemed to follow it just after the incidents had occure - running battles, to be fair."

One video showed a small group of men, believed to be Wolves fans, standing off against a much larger group who were believed to be Belgians.

Chairs, poles and other missiles were thrown as the two groups faced off in Filipa de Lencastre Square in the city centre.

A man is attacked by a large group on Rua de Jose Falcao

The video started as chairs were thrown outside the FE Wine & Club bar before showing a running fight up the hill towards the Infante Sagres hotel.

Further footage, filmed just 200 metres away from the FE Wine & Club, showed a man being kicked and beaten by a group of around 15 men outside the Adega Sports Bar on Rua de Jose Falcao.

Other clips were shared of clashes on streets down the hill closer to the Douro River.

Lifelong supporter Steve Plant was among those caught up in the trouble and filmed footage of Portugese police dispersing a crowd in the city centre.

He said the video was taken as the police confronted Belgian supporters who had just attacked well-behaved Wolves fans, near where families and children had been enjoying the atmosphere.

There is not understood to have been any trouble in Braga

Mr Plant said police used rubber bullets to break up the disturbance and described the Standard Liege fans as a "proper organised group".

Meanwhile on Tuesday evening Wolves fans were reportedly charged at by a similar black-clad group of hooligans, with one fan left with a fractured cheek bone, fractured eye socket and a broken nose.

The number of arrests is not yet known.

Fans from the UK and Belgium were congregating in Porto ahead of their respective Europa League matches in nearby cities tonight.

Wolves' match starts at 5.55pm local time in Braga, around 30 miles away from Porto, where fans have been in good spirits and there is not understood to have been any violence.

Jason Brooks, from Dudley, said about the atmosphere in Braga: "It's class. The atmosphere has been ridiculous, better than most matches.

"Even though it's raining, everyone is out here supporting the Wolves."

Wolves sold out their allocation of 2,000 tickets, with official away tickets being collected from Braga city centre today, but around 6,000 supporters are believed to have travelled to Portugal.

Meanwhile Standard Liege are playing Vitoria SC at 8pm in Guimaraes, which is 25 miles away from Porto and 10 miles away from Braga.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: "One man was injured on Tuesday evening, he suffered facial injuries which are not life-threatening. He has reported the assault to Portuguese police."

The Foreign Office has declined to comment and Portugese police have not responded to questions from the Express & Star.

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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