Bad blood flowed when the two sides met in the Europa League quarter-finals in April
Catalan police have arrested five members of a group of FC Barcelona ultras in connection with incidents ahead of their side’s Europa League quarter-final second leg with Eintracht Frankfurt.
To guarantee a trophyless season, the Blaugrana were beaten 3-2 on the night at the Camp Nou and 4-3 on aggregate as eventual winners of the competition Frankfurt progressed to the last four against West Ham.
The evening at Barca’s iconic ground is perhaps best known for a German ‘invasion’ that left 30,000 rowdy Frankfurt fans feeling like they outnumbered Barca supporters on their home ground.
“I thought we were playing at home” Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner said later, with the embarrassing development prompting Barca to launch an internal investigation into how a ticketing fiasco may have happened.
Three months later, the Mossos d’Esquadra confirmed that five members of a group of Barca ultras had been arrested, four of them having issued an order preventing them from being within a thousand meters of the Camp Nou and another with a restraining order.
On the afternoon of Thursday April 14, several Frankfurt supporters were attacked with blunt tools and illegal weapons, seriously injuring one victim.
Other incidents occurred around the Camp Nou and there were also clashes with local law enforcement, including direct attacks on the police.
This prompted the Mossos to launch an investigation to identify and arrest the perpetrators, and one of the victims was also located in Germany.
The arrests took place between June 16 and July 4 with detainees ranging in age from 18 to 46.
But as the investigation is still open, the Mossos do not rule out making other arrests in the near future.
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