Following Barcelona’s 3-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Nou Camp on Wednesday, Catalan police have confirmed that two fans of the French team were stabbed.
In two separate attacks in the Catalan capital, PSG’s fans were targeted following the final group game of the Champions League which Barcelona won to win Group F ahead of the French champions.
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Albert Batlle, director of Catalan regional police, said on Thursday that a PSG fan was attacked by two hooded men in the Avenida Madrid around midnight local time and is recovering at the Clinico hospital but does not have life-threatening injuries.
Another fan of PSG was attacked close the Nou Camp stadium around half an hour later as the police did not rule out muggings in either case. However, these reports will be worrying to those attending soccer matches in Spain as on Nov. 30 a fan of Deportivo La Coruna, Francisco Javier Romero Taboada, was killed following fights with rival fans of Atletico Madrid outside the Vicente Calderon stadium in the Spanish capital.
Football federations across the globe have worked hard in the past 10-15 years to stamp out violence in and around soccer matches.
However these latest incidents point to a worrying trend returning, as the Spanish authorities will hope to clamp down and prevent more acts of violence occurring before, during and after games involving their clubs.