Atheltico Madrid 0-0 Bolton – Are English fans abused abroad?

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22nd, February 2008

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Bolton managed to see out a scoreless stalemate against Athletico Madrid, which took them through to the next round of the UEFA Cup – but celebrations were overshadowed by the heavy handed approach of Spanish police.
Bolton have made an official complaint claiming a supporters were subjected to ‘a number of assaults and unprovoked baton charges before, during, and after the game’
We’ve seen it before in European away games – with Man United fans left bruised and bloodied after playing Roma a couple of seasons ago and Spurs fans getting a harsh treatment in Seville more recently.
On each occasion it’s been the police that have allegedly been ‘over zealous’ in their actions – do English fans get a rougher ride in Europe because of past reputations?

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