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Portuguese riot police had to disperse brawling English football fans after a second night of violence ahead of Manchester City’sChampions League final clash against Chelsea on Saturday
Two people were reportedly injured after skirmishes near Porto’s Sao Bento railway station and in the city’s popular riverside quarter known as the Ribeira.
Police confirmed one man had been taken to Santo Antonio Hospital following an incident near the station around 10pm local time on Thursday night.
The second incident occurred around half an hour later.
Baton-wielding officers were filmed dispersing a small group of brawling yobs in the first skirmish.
Two groups of hooligans swapped punches briefly at the entrance to the station after throwing chairs at each other despite the attempts of a waiter to halt the confrontation.
One man was knocked to the ground moments before the riot officers appeared on the scene as cars tried to manoeuvre round the brawling fans at a traffic light.
One of the officers caught hold of a man’s top and appeared to come close to arresting him before he wriggled free.
The two incidents occurred as bars and cafes were closing.
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There were no reports of any arrests.
Police sources said both incidents had been resolved “quickly.”
The clashes occurred after rival football yobs were baton-charged by police in the Algarve resort of Albufeira on Wednesday night.
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