Manchester City fans hit out at Spanish police after clash before Real Madrid tie
05:41 GMT, 19 September 2012
Spanish police have been accused of
unprovoked attack on a group of Manchester City fans before Tuesday
night's Champions League clash.
Natalie Pike, a matchday presenter
at the Premier League club but in the Spanish capital as a fan, said
about 100 fans, including women and children, were caught up in the disturbance outside a bar near the Bernabeu Stadium.
Big draw: Thousands of Manchester City fans had travelled to the Spanish capital
About an hour before kick-off she tweeted: 'Just watched spanish police batter city fans. A big group of about 100 of us outside a bar opposite the stadium and they tore in battons up.
'No one doing any harm at all. Very scary stuff. So out of order.
'Been going football 20 years never seen anything like it. On my life city fans doing nothing but singing and having fun.
'Women, kids, teenagers, all treated like scum. So out of order. Am so upset.
'The bar was so busy people were standing on the street outside. All innocent and friendly. No warning, no one asking us to move.
'The police just got there batons out and moved people along by smacking them.'
City fans had travelled in large numbers for the eagerly-anticipated Group D opener which their team later lost 3-2.
A City spokesman said they aware of the claims.