‘Hooligan masterclass’: Polish fans use smokescreen to attack English police (VIDEO)
Legia fans packed the away section at Leicester’s King Power stadium for Thursday night’s encounter, and during the action set off red flames en masse.
That created a wall of smoke and appeared to be the signal for dozens of them to wade across seats which were covered in tarpaulin to help segregate supporters.
Flares in the Legia Warsaw corner after 70 minutes at the King Power stadium tonight - a smoke screen for a concerted scramble across the seats by the away fans towards the police and Leicester fans. Disappointing, but City fans were immaculately behaved from what we saw #LEILEGpic.twitter.com/E3Pp5Mj6eB— David McClelland (@DavidMcClelland) November 25, 2021
Attempting to breach the thin dividing line, hooligans were seen trading blows with police before reinforcements in riot gear moved in to quell the violence.
🚨⚽️ | NEW: Police in riot gear now in the ground due to problems with Legia Warsaw fanspic.twitter.com/Yep049dHqh— Football For All (@FootballlForAll) November 25, 2021
🚨 | NEW: A policeman gets kicked down the stairs at the Leicester gamepic.twitter.com/8T0O1cfoEN— News For All (@NewsForAllUK) November 25, 2021
The unsavory scenes were captured from fans inside the stadium – with numerous reporters such as Henry Winter of The Times suggesting that the smokescreen from the flares had provided cover for the attack.
Online, one football fan perversely dubbed it a "hooligan masterclass" from the Legia thugs.
50 to 100 Legia Warsaw fans climb across tarpaulin to attack police, leaning across and throwing punches at police. More police arriving. Tarpaulin ripped away. Uefa will hammer Legia Warsaw for this. #LEILGW— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) November 25, 2021
Legia Warsaw had a hooligan genius masterclass today, let of loads of flares then use the smoke screen to attack Leicester fans without police noticing— cal🌎 (@lcfcCal) November 25, 2021
Local police later reported that officers had been hurt in the fracas.
“Long day/night. A number of arrests have been made of away supporters during the evening, some officers have been injured,” read a tweet.
“Thanks to you LCFC fans for your support, further updates will follow in the coming days.”
On the pitch, Leicester picked up a 3-1 win which moved them to the top of Group C, one point ahead of Spartak Moscow and Napoli ahead of the final round of group-stage matches in two weeks’ time.
Leicester travel to Napoli on December 9 while Spartak take on Legia in Warsaw at the same time. All four teams in the group are in with a chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.