8 Leicester Fans Jailed After Violent Clashes With Police Ahead of Atletico Champions League Tie

Tom Power
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​Leicester City's fan reputation has taken a further blow after it was confirmed that eight of the club's supporters face jail time following Tuesday's violent clashes in Madrid.

​Marca has reported that the octuplet have been handed sentences of four and six months, depending on the severity of their actions, in the build up the Foxes' Champions League quarter-final first leg match with Atletico Madrid.

Judges in Spain's capital opted to throw the book at those who were found guilty of clashing with police on duty ahead of the Leicester's slender 1-0 defeat at the Vicente Calderon Stadium, with the six-month jail terms being reserved for those who physically assaulted and hurt any officers who were present to quell the trouble.

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Leicester supporters were filmed on Tuesday as they clashed with police in Madrid's Plaza Mayor after fans began chanting "Gilbraltar is ours" after the growing tensions between the UK and Spain over who owns the island in the wake of Britain's decision to exit the European Union.

Footage posted on social media sites showed Foxes fans throwing missiles at police officers, who retaliated by striking supporters with batons - some of whom were with children - in indiscriminate attacks, while others claimed that tear gas and rubber bullets were also used.

Around 70 Leicester fans were said to have been involved in the most violent clashes as the trouble flared around 9:30pm local time, with a total of 10 arrested for their part in the skirmishes.

In the aftermath of the encounter, Leicester released an official statement revealing their intent to hold discussions with Europe's football governing body UEFA about the violence.

The club said: "We are working with Uefa and the local authorities to establish the full facts of what took place and the reasons for the police response. We will also be liaising with travelling supporters before deciding on any course of action."

Emergency services also confirmed that around 13 people were injured during the the scuffles, but that none of those who sustained injuries required hospital treatment.

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