Footage has been uploaded and gone viral as Man City fans clash with stewards in ugly scenes after the defeat at Tottenham on Sunday.
Full capacity crowds returned to Premier League stadiums for the first time since March 2020 this weekend and City supporters echoed the behaviour that followed more than 24 hours later of that between Manchester United and Leeds United hooligans on Saturday.
The travelling fans were filmed in heated confrontation with the stewards and security at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium once the full time had blown.
— Nathan Salt (@NathSalt1) August 15, 2021
While scuffles broke out in the away end, there was also a number of fans trying to pull down the Spurs’ LGTBQ+ flag while they protested against their own players.
Many disgruntled City fans attempted to leap over barriers inside the ground as they collided with a strong security presence and were told just get back in the stands.
The clash came after a group of City supporters shamefully chanted ‘Sancho and Rashford let the country down’ before kick-off, something Leeds fans sung at Old Trafford on Saturday.
“There’s a [pitch] invader, there’s always one isn’t there?” Faye Curruthers said on the incidents.
“He’s being wrestled away by the stewards as we speak. It’s disappointing to see that, in fact there are two of them on there, a young lad as well.
“Now there’s another pitch invader, what is wrong with these people?
“In fact, there are two more – one has a flag and one is trying to cover his face – too late mate, there are so many cameras around here I think you’d have been caught already.
“That’s disappointing from a Tottenham security point of view, I would say, unfortunately four people getting onto the pitch.
“And now there’s a bit of a scuffle breaking out in the corner as well, which is really, really disappointing to see with the Manchester City fans over there.
“They’ve also unfurled one of the Spurs LGBT proud Lilywhites flags in the far corner, they’ve tried to get that pulled down as they were leaving.
“A few City fans have been ejected and reports of another one coming over to remonstrate towards the end with Fernandinho and Gundogan.
“Ugly scenes at the end of this match, which is a shame because Tottenham were well deserving of the 1-0 win.”
Fans on the pitch and Man City supporters remonstrating with their own players – City fans have untied the @SpursLGBT flag in the far corner as well. All got a bit niggly and nasty at the end – injury to Gundogan as well pic.twitter.com/cKg2wBeTMA
— Faye Carruthers (@FayeCarruthers) August 15, 2021
Darren Bent condemned the scenes and insisted ‘this is not what fans are back in stadiums for’ after so long away.
The talkSPORT host said on Sunday Boot Room show: “That’s not what you want to see at the end of the game.
“Fans are back into the stadiums and it was a fantastic performance from Spurs, and then obviously then we’ve got these kinds of ugly scenes.
“This is not good, we don’t want to see that and this is not what fans are back into stadiums for.”
Darren Ambrose added: “You’ve spent so long out of stadiums, and to come back and the first game you’re watching to go and do that, it’s just not what you want to see.
“It was a good game, it was good natured and to spoil it at the end, the minority, it’s not good.”
Heung-min Son’s spectacular solo effort in the 55th minute separated the sides as they closed out the weekend.
It got Nuno Espirito Santo reign off to a cracking start as his side shocked the champions Manchester City with a 1-0 win in a ground that Pep Guardiola and co must hate by now, having lost on all four visits.
With there been a huge amount of talk prior this game on the Premier League’s opening weekend, mainly dominated by the future of Harry Kane, it was once more Son who stepped up to break the deadlock.
Man City rarely threatened following that goal with Kevin de Bruyne seeing his effort saved from Hugo Lloris, but Spurs did enough to hold on to secure three points that will be a major statement of intent after a summer of turmoil off the pitch.
This is now the first time manager Pep Guardiola has lost four such away games in a row in his managerial career.
Tottenham: Lloris (7), Tanganga (8), Sanchez (7), Dier (7), Reguilon (7), Hojbjerg (7), Skipp (6), Moura (8), Alli (7), Bergwijn (8), Son (8).
Subs: Doherty (n/a), Lo Celso (6), Romero (n/a).
Man City: Ederson (6), Cancelo (6), Dias (7), Ake (6), Mendy (5), Fernandinho (5), Gundogan (6), Mahrez (6), Grealish (7), Sterling (6), Torres (5).
Subs: Jesus (6), Zinchenko (6), De Bruyne (6).
Man of the match: Japhet Tanganga
“There’s no perfection,” Espirito Santo said afterward the game. “We still have a long way to go and we’ll probably never achieve it but I’m very thankful for the supporters. The way they helped the players in the final stages was huge and we’re very thankful for it.”
During the game, Tottenham fans chanted: “Are you watching Harry Kane?”
WHAT THE MANAGERS SAID:
Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo: “It was good I think. The atmosphere was special off the hard work of the boys. They make any crowd proud when they work so hard.
“It was strong. We were lucky because they had chances but the boys held on and they stayed in the game. We knew it would be tough. After that first 20 minutes we did better and we started getting our chances. In the first half we didn’t finish so good. When we should have shot on goal we didn’t do it.
“Not only him [Japhet Tanganga]. In terms of shape and our organisation the front three worked very hard and closed the gaps. It’s very difficult to play against City with the way they build the first moment. It requires a lot of discipline so the boys did OK.
“I’m sure that with commitment and the talent we have, we will be a good team. We are in the process of that. I am learning every day and I am very proud of them today, very proud.”
🗣 “Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly. We are very lucky to have him. He has to get ready and help the team.”
Nuno Espírito Santo is asked about the Tottenham fans chanting “Are you watching Harry Kane?” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/fKmuweTUru
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 15, 2021
On Harry Kane: “Look, Harry Kane is one of the best players in the world, honestly. We are very lucky to have him. He has to get ready and help the team. We still have to go to Portugal then we think about Wolves.
“Harry, like Bryan and Cristian, they joined us later so for Cristian and for Bryan it was very important to be with us today to feel the atmosphere and feel the meetings. Harry worked this morning and he is preparing himself. When he’s ready he will join the group and the team.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: “In general, we arrived in the final third many times but were not clinical enough. We are more or less the same team from last season but we are missing some people. Kevin [de Bruyne] hadn’t completed a full training session. We’ve lost the last three games 1-0, 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 so we have to do better.
“We tried everything to win. We have another week ahead to get players back and hopefully they can, step by step. This sometimes happens. We arrived many times in the final third but it was the same story. We are good enough to score plenty of goals and I’m sure we’re going to do it.
“You’ve seen the stats against the Tottenham. They’re always quite similar. They’re a good team and it’s always tough. It’s not easy to control the ball and Son makes very good movement on the transition. Moura makes you defend deeper but we lost simple balls.
“Two days ago, we were together as a group for the first time but it will take time. We have to be more precise in the simple things. We need greater accuracy with our crosses. The result is not good but I’ve seen many things that can help us in the future.
On Jack Grealish’s display: “He had an influence and got fouled a few times very early on. He’s a player who is so dangerous close to the box and he plays with real personality. He’ll be very important for us and I congratulate him for trying right up until the end.”
Twitter users reacted as Man City fans clash with stewards in ugly scenes after the Tottenham defeat…
Some Man City fans claiming after earlier tweet there was nothing involving some disorder or a Spurs rainbow flag appearing to be removed. Here’s the video pic.twitter.com/zCoL9W8YRb
— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) August 15, 2021
@brunosrightfoot: Classless club, classless fanbase. Not surprised.
@sadiecoys: Garbage club
@johnsonl698: Appalling behaviour.
@sbwalker62: @ManCity hey so you should probably find out who these traveling fans are and not let them back at your games either.
@Tottenhamx161: Scummy thing to do from some City fans.
@simondale11: 1st game of the season and city fans are already chucking their toys out of their prams……….😂😂
@PeteDoc99: Zero class
@SamWin50: An another disgraceful act caused by homophobic fans that think it’s ok to take their anger out on LGBTQIA+ memorabilia because they think “we deserve it” or “nobody’s going to care” except we do care, and I hope @SpursOfficial and @SpursLGBT get to the bottom of this
@55thVin: ban them @premierleague
@GraceShine0o: Hey @HKane are these the fans you want to play for??
@foraggio: Another example of “fans” utterly disrespecting the privilege they have to be at matches. Grow up, you mindless morons … #TOTMCI #LGBTQ
@tlmfootball: Be nice if City could spot any ‘fans’ involved in doing this and get them banned. Pretty scummy to have that kind of response to your team losing a game
@markie187: Wow what a bunch of c**ts
@Deano_3112: Not took defeat well have they
@jVV018: Not like city to be classless
@rcnjuguna: All 12 of them? Will be easy to identify them.
@thfcollie03: No surprise there. Very proud to see the @SpursLGBT flag there every week and this will only make me even prouder.
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