Man Utd fans attacked ahead of EL final in Gdansk
Manchester United fans were the target of an attack at a bar in Gdansk on Tuesday evening as supporters arrived in the Polish city ahead of their Europa League final loss to Villarreal.
Videos circulating on social media showed a neighborhood of what perceived to be native folk, dressed predominantly in darkish garments, chanting and running from a bar in the town, leaving tables and chairs overturned.
United confirmed that they're serving to the victims of the attack, with the membership issuing the next assertion on Wednesday: "Club staff were assisting a vogue of United fans in Gdansk remaining evening and at the present time after an incident the build a couple of of our supporters were attacked exterior a bar in the town."
One eyewitness urged Sky Sports Data: "A gang of Polish hooligans came masked up all in unlit and so that they were throwing bottles, kicking and punching, they ransacked the total bar. Tense scenes."
One more United fan in Gdansk said: "One among them came as a lot as me, pushed me to the bottom and started stamping on me a couple of events. Fortunately my dad came and helped me out but yeah it wasn't very nice. A chunk caring."
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A third supporter recalled: "You do now not test to test something delight in that at a final, we're all right here for a ethical time we were having a joke with the Spanish fans no concerns in any respect and it staunch came out of nowhere."
Native mayor Aleksandra Dulkiewicz condemned the attack on a neighborhood of between 20 and 30 fans, saying in an announcement posted on Facebook that Gdansk used to be an originate city with out a dwelling for violence.
"The day gone by there used to be a hooligan attack on the fans of the teams that came to the Europa League final," Dulkiewicz wrote.
"In Gdansk, an originate and solidary city, there may well be never any dwelling for any more or less violence!
"Pricey fans and company, you are continuously welcome and we cordially welcome you to our city!"
Bart Barski from Focus on over with Gdansk urged Sky Sports Data: "We are the firm accountable for selling the town and we're very unhappy and disappointed thanks to this grief but we hope this may well occasionally now not shatter the frequent reputation of this city which is terribly friendly.
"The of us are very friendly, we've unbelievable architecture and millions of of us approach right here per annum so we strongly ponder it used to be an handiest one-time unpleasant incident."
Witnesses said the attackers were heard shouting the title of native football membership Lechia. Police uncover said they were analysing video footage of the incident.
United and Villarreal were allocated 2,000 tickets for the final with supporters having to follow strict coronavirus protocols and hump necessities in the assemble-as a lot as the game. The membership organised chartered flights from London and Manchester for these with tickets.
A maximum crowd of 9,500 used to be allowed for the showpiece, or staunch under 25 per cent of the capability of the Stadion Gdansk.
Manchester United suffered penalty shootout heartbreak in opposition to Villarreal, with goalkeeper David de Gea lacking the decisive plan-kick.