Eintracht Frankfurt thugs have thrown flares at Rangers supporters in Seville after a 200-strong mob of German yobs attacked the Glasgow fans ahead of the Europa Cup final match tonight.
Spanish police said they have arrested five Germans after Eintracht fans, many of whom were wearing balaclavas, started throwing flares at a large group of Rangers fans who were enjoying late-night drinks in Seville on Tuesday night.
Spanish TV footage showed the hooligans brazenly approaching heavily-armed officers standing between them and the Scottish fans before hurling their missiles as extra police reached the scene.
One flare landed inches from the spot where the Rangers supporters were standing, near to Irish bar O’Neills on Paseo de Colon where trouble flared between Eintracht Frankfurt ultras and West Ham fans in March.
One Rangers supporter could be seen picking up a glass and throwing it in the direction of the German hooligans on the other side of the police line.
But police said the problems had been started by around 200 Eintracht Frankfurt fans who had started attacking Rangers fans by Seville Cathedral.
Spanish police said they have arrested five Germans after Eintracht fans, many of whom were wearing balaclavas, started throwing flares at a large group of Rangers fans who were enjoying late-night drinks in Seville on Tuesday night
Spanish TV footage showed the hooligans brazenly approaching heavily-armed officers standing between them and the Scottish fans before hurling their missiles as extra police reached the scene
The Eintracht fans threw flares at Rangers supporters in Seville on Tuesday night
Earlier, footage showed Eintracht fans, many of whom were wearing balaclavas, running through the streets of Seville in search of Rangers fans.
Police reinforcements were quickly mobilized, arriving in several riot vans with their sirens sounding and lights flashing, to restore order and stop the problems worsening.
But some of the Eintracht fans started throwing glasses, flares and tables at police officers. One German fan was later seen being marched away by cops in handcuffs.
Rangers fans drinking outside O’Neils bar on Paseo de Colon were ambushed and chased along the river front.
Some Rangers fans retaliated and punches were traded, bottles and chairs thrown and riot police moved in.
Officers confirmed they had to fire warning shots into the air to bring the situation under control.
A Rangers fan suffered head injuries as a result of the clashes. His condition this morning was not known.
More than 100,000 Rangers fans and 50,000 Eintracht Frankfurt are expected to be in Seville tonight before the Europa Cup final kicks off.
But only 20,000 of that number have been sold tickets officially for the 40-seater Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium.
A spokesman for Spain’s National Police said: ‘The National Police have arrested five Eintracht Frankfurt supporters for public order offences following the overnight violence in the center of Seville.
‘The problems occurred around midnight during a mass altercation opposite Seville Cathedral.
Rapid police response units who were in San Francisco Square had to intervene to deal with an incident sparked by a group of 200 Eintracht Frankfurt fans who were attacking Rangers supporters.
Spanish police said they have arrested five Germans after Eintracht fans, many of whom were wearing balaclavas, scoured the streets of Seville before attacking Rangers fans
Video footage showed the Frankfurt fans, many of whom were wearing masks to cover their faces, running through the streets of Seville to try and find Rangers fans and start a fight
Police reinforcements were quickly mobilized, arriving in several riot vans with their sirens sounding and lights flashing, to restore order and stop the problems worsening
‘When they saw police arrive, the German fans started to flee in the direction of Paseo Colon, assaulting Rangers supporters as they ran and clashing with police trying to stop the attack on the Rangers fans.
‘At that moment the Eintracht Frankfurt fans began to throw glasses, flares and tables at police officers.
‘When they were 100 meters from the bars on Paseo de Colon where it meets Adriano Street, officers managed to neutralize the situation with a police line formed with riot vans and by firing warning shots in the air.’
The spokesman added: ‘There were no serious injuries as a result of these incidents, except for a Rangers supporter who suffered a head wound.
‘The police arrested four German fans on Paseo de Colon and another German in a square called La Puerta de Jerez.’
Spanish police chiefs admitted yesterday the Europa Cup final represents the ‘most complicated’ challenge they have faced in recent years.
Rangers fans sing songs as they enjoy the atmosphere ahead of the Europa League final on Tuesday night. There is no suggestion the pictured people have caused any trouble
Spanish National Police chief Juan Carlos Castro said the heady mix of sunshine and cold beer could spark booze-fuelled violence, whilst admitting ‘we’re not going to control anything’.
More than 5,500 police and private security guards have been mobilized to help keep the peace as part of an unprecedented security operation in Seville.
They include riot squad cops and bomb disposal experts as well as a unit tasked with monitoring social media for terrorist threats.
Frankfurt police spokesman Thomas Hollerbach confirmed to Mail Online today that groups of Ultras had traveled to Seville and were out to cause trouble.
‘What they did to the West Ham fans in Frankfurt was disgraceful.
‘We were ashamed of it. Now they have gone to Seville and we are worried what they will do and what trouble they will cause. ‘
Seville police are particularly concerned at the heavy drinking that has taken place yesterday and was continuing from breakfast time today with both social support is down in beers and despite the early hour.
With temperatures reaching 35 ° C, many football fans remove their shirts showing off their berries and down beer after beer close to Seville’s Cathedral.
But one Rangers fan Alex Harrisson, 50, from Cludebank, said: ‘There was a wee bit of trouble today, but the majority of fans will stay out of it and just enjoy the sunshine and the beer.
‘But the police have got to be on their guard tonight after the match. One way or the other there’s going to be a set of fans were very upset when the match doesn’t go their way, ‘he added.