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Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund fans get into scrap nearby St James’ Park

Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund fans get into a scrap nearby St James’ Park as police were escorting the away fans to the stadium.

A number of videos have surfaced on social media, one showing a pathetic fight with a railing separating the two sets of supporters trying to have it out.

Another clip shows it getting out of hand in the underpass at Eldon Square before the junction with Percy Street.

@NufcBryan wrote: Aye Wor Lass just got hit with a bottle, problem is it was the Dortmund fans who started it.”

In the lead up to the Champions League fixture, police had promised a “visible presence” in Newcastle city centre ahead of Wednesday night’s Champions League tie, with an 8pm kick off time.

This comes following some disorder which came in the last European fixture at St James’ Park when Newcastle played host to PSG.

The Toon Army came away the happier, watching their side win 4-1 earlier this month, with some trouble flaring up as rival supporters clashed with each other.

Police tried their best to contain the group of PSG ‘Ultras’ who were on their way to the ground from the Bigg Market, with some unrest leading to bottles and traffic cones being thrown.

With another big turnout expected this week, there was a march through the city centre planned for the Magpies’ match against Dortmund, seeing a number of busy city centre roads closed at rush hour on Wednesday.

Northumbria Police said there would be a “proportionate policing response” ahead of the game to ensure a “safe environment” for fans and other people working, socialising and shopping in the city centre.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hall, said: “There is understandably further widespread excitement for Newcastle’s upcoming Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund. We again expect the city to be busy with both home and away fans taking in the atmosphere.

“As always, we will have a proportionate policing response in place which has been carefully considered alongside our partners. Our priority for large-scale events such as these is to help ensure that supporters and the wider public can enjoy the city in a safe environment.

“We will have officers in the city centre and around the ground to help keep any disruption to a minimum, as well as providing a visible policing presence. Anyone with concerns is encouraged to speak to an officer on duty. As always, if you see anything you feel isn’t right or looks suspicious, report it to us straight away.”

Newcastle City Council announced a series of full or partial road closures between 5.15pm and 6.15pm on Wednesday to facilitate the Dortmund fan march – on the Bigg Market, Newgate Street, Grainger Street, Grey Street, Pilgrim Street, New Bridge Street West, Blackett Street, Percy Street, and Gallowgate.

This is what Twitter users said as Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund fans get into a scrap nearby St James’ Park…

@JimmyWatt19: Its a shame to see this. Really thought we would get along with the Dortmund fans.

@stevencoleuk: Embarrassing that lads, they need to change the route so this doesn’t happen next time, need to grow up. #nufc

@wolfmansteve: Most of them trying to cause bother look to be Dortmund fans inside the cordon, few dicks from our side lobbing stuff at them too.

@kickabellNE: Embarrassing you bunch of divys

@KOPITE_LFC1: What’s happening to Newcastle as a club? Use to be a quality club with quality fans, one good seasons and bit of doughs gone to there heads!

@harryrjumpjet: That big unit giving it the beans 😅

@jackb18_: embarrassing

@bennufc_18: Just go to the match to enjoy yourself who can be bothered doing all that

@andyeswecan: Whole atmosphere was great in town all afternoon. Always bell ends though.

@1968PLW3: Tough guys wi a barrier between em 😂😂😂

@aldogg1: I remember my first Smirnoff ice

@CowboySull: The difference here is the dortmund fan goes home and forgets about it. The Newcastle fan goes home and begins a 3 year argument with the guy on Twitter.

@JimJones1425: They’re it again. This is why they shouldn’t let these small clubs into Europe. Yeah it’s a “fairytale” and all that bullshit, but their fans are too small time and don’t know how to behave. They embarrass themselves and the rest of us.

@Ramma_____: Disgraceful scenes outside St James Park as peaceful, church going Dortmund fans are violently attacked by drunken newcastle hooligans. UEFA may be forced to take a look as this behaviour rears it’s ugly head yet again.

@asabart14: idiots, embarrassing just don’t get involved

@NUFC033: Oh no not not again 👀

@stephenindurham: Come on lads let the football do the talking on the pitch & have a good night this isn’t needed at any #football game #nufc We have one of the best atmospheres in a football ground around Europe. Don’t spoil it for the other 98% that want to support our club

@robanderson001: Scenes on here from town are so cringe. Why can’t people just go to the game. Leave the away fans be. Just creates a hangover when our away following go over there. Absolute bell ends and embarrassing. #NUFC

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