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Bayern and Galatasaray supporters brawl ahead of Istanbul match

ISTANBUL (AFP) – Around a hundred Bayern Munich and Galatasaray supporters clashed early on Tuesday in one of Istanbul’s main districts ahead of their Champions League match.

Turkish media said four German fans and one Turkish fan were lightly injured but that no charges had been filed.

Street camera footage showed fans tossing chairs and various small projectiles along the main avenue of Istanbul’s popular Beyoglu district.

The tourist-friendly area is filled with restaurants and cafes frequented by Galatasaray fans. Police intervened when fans began to target one of the Istanbul side’s merchandise stores.

The IHA news agency said 70 German and 30 Turkish fans took part in the brawl.

The German consulate in Istanbul did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bayern have gone 36 Champions League group-stage matches unbeaten and top Group A going into the game.

Galatasaray sit second in the group and are coming off an impressive upset win at Manchester United in their last group-stage match.

Bayern Munich’s German head coach Thomas Tuchel. PHOTO: AFP
Bayern Munich’s striker Harry Kane arrives for a training session in Munich, southern Germany. PHOTO: AFP