English Chelsea Fans Stabbed in Istanbul Clashes

Crime | February 26, 2014, Wednesday // 11:24|  views

Galatasaray fans march with flares in the center of Istanbul on Tuesday night. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Two supporters of English team Chelsea have been stabbed and injured in clashes around Istanbul's Taksin Square on Tuesday night.

According to unconfirmed reports, a bar frequently visited by English fans near Taksin Square was attacked late on Tuesday night, a day before the Champions League match between local Galatasaray and Chelsea, The Guardian reports.

Amidst resurfacing anti-government protests in Turkey, Chelsea had issued a warning to their traveling fans to take extra precaution.

Fights broke out in Istanbul over the weekend as well surrounding the city derby between Galatasaray and Besiktas.

In 2000, two English supporters of Leeds were killed in clashes with Galatasaray fans.

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