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Manchester City fans hit out at Spanish police after clash before Real Madrid tie

Manchester City fans hit out at Spanish police after clash before Real Madrid tie

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UPDATED:

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

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.

Lee Slattery leads Wales Open at Celtic Manor after first round

Slattery braves stiff winds to take lead at Celtic Manor just days after major bonus

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UPDATED:

18:54 GMT, 31 May 2012

England's Lee Slattery followed one great performance with another at Celtic Manor today.

Three days after shooting 66 at Walton Heath to earn himself a US Open debut, the 33-year-old from Southport took the first round lead in the ISPS Handa Wales Open with a four under par 67.

And if that does not sound special consider this – there were more than 20 scores in the eighties, one in the nineties and a handful of players could not keep a 10 off their cards. Gary Boyd even had two.

Fine form: Lee Slattery putts on the 14th green during the first round of the Wales Open on Thursday

Fine form: Lee Slattery putts on the 14th green during the first round of the Wales Open on Thursday

A stiff wind and fast-running conditions made life tough on the course where Europe beat America two years ago in a Ryder Cup remembered not just for its thrilling finish, but also its torrential rain.

Slattery had already made eight trips to the European Tour qualifying school by then, but his career turned around last October when, on his 183rd start, he captured the Madrid Masters – even with a double bogey seven on the final hole.

Now he is planning for a trip to San Francisco which will include not only his first-ever tournament there, but also a visit to Alcatraz and possibly the baseball game at which Rory McIlroy is throwing the ceremonial first pitch.

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie plays his second shot into the 16th green on the Twenty Ten course

Great Scot: Paul Lawrie plays his second shot into the 16th green on the Twenty Ten course

'I know Olympic Club is going to be difficult, but I'm really looking forward to it,' he said.

'It's more the atmosphere. I remember The Open at Hoylake (his only previous major was there in 2006) and I thrived on it.'

Slattery's round was not without its scary moments. He was an inch from going in the water on the short third and was relieved to find his ball in bounds at the 580-yard ninth.

The hole still cost him his only dropped shot, but he added: 'It was very difficult. The wind was stronger than anticipated and if you get round without a bogey it's an amazing achievement.'

Nobody did.

Scot Paul Lawrie, second on the Ryder Cup points table, needed to birdie two of his last three holes for a 74, the same as 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie, while his successor Jose Maria Olazabal took 76 and holder Alex Noren an 81 before withdrawing with back trouble.

Top grass: Johan Edfors of Sweden plays his second shot into the 14th green at Celtic Manor

Top grass: Johan Edfors of Sweden plays his second shot into the 14th green at Celtic Manor

Slattery finished the day one ahead of German Marcel Siem and Dutchman Tim Sluiter.

While Sluiter closed with four successive birdies Siem bogeyed his last two holes on the same lay-out where he led by three with a round to play two years ago and then fell away after a quadruple bogey seven on the third.

Only four members of the victorious 2010 side are in the field. Ross Fisher, who has dropped to 157th in the world since that memorable week, did best with a 70.

Miguel Angel Jimenez took a double-bogey seven on the last for 76 and Italian brothers Francesco and Edoardo Molinari were 74 and 77 respectively.

The others to break 70 were Spanish duo Pablo Larrazabal and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Ireland's Simon Thornton and Swede Joel Sjoholm.