Riot police were required to break up a pitch invasion brawl between Leeds United and Frankfurt Eintracht fans after a pre-season 'friendly' match turned sour.
Hundreds of hooligans, some donning balaclavas, were pepper sprayed by the local authorities amidst the violent confrontation.
The fight took place in Eugendorf, a town to the north of the Austrian city of Salzburg and began when Frankfurt supporters 'ripped' down a Leeds United flag.
Leeds United were beaten 2-1 by the German team before the confrontation began. Around 100 Frankfurt supporters were involved in the clash and a local police officer said around 20 arrests had been made from supporters of both clubs.
Neil Slinn, a Leeds fan, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “A few of us went over to applaud the Frankfurt fans. I was going to shake their hands. Then their ultras jumped over the (advertising) boards and started attacking us. Some were wearing balaclavas and we were outnumbered.”
The stadium, with a seating capacity of several thousand, held around 400 Leeds fans. When the match ended some fans from both teams invaded the pitch. Police arrived on the scene with batons and dogs to break up the scuffle.
There has been some debate over who started the attack. Phil Hay, a reporter for the Yorkshire Evening Post took to Twitter and claimed:
Statement: "At the square in front of the stadium, the runaway Leeds fans were again attacked by the Frankfurt fans." #lufc— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 22, 2015
Statement: "Situation moved to centre of Eugendorf where action was taken to stop the attacks, among other things a pepper-spray operation."— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 22, 2015
Other spectators and football enthusiasts took to the social media site to argue their case:
@PhilHayYEP as you said yesterday Phil, when those Frankfurt fans turned up before kick off it was obvious what they were here for ...— Robert Hunt (@RobTheLeedsFan) July 22, 2015
17 Frankfurt arrests and only 8 Leeds suggests Leeds United are totally at fault and should be deducted 10 points immediately 😏 #lufc— Carl Timmins (@carlosjackal18) July 22, 2015
Leeds United fans riot at a pre-season friendly. They're an embarrassment 🙈— Kyle Kirkland (@KyleKirkland92) July 22, 2015
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