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Chairs thrown and riot police deployed as Espanyol fans chase Barcelona players off pitch after LaLiga title sealed

Bynewsmagzines

May 14, 2023
Chairs thrown and riot police deployed as Espanyol fans chase Barcelona players off pitch after LaLiga title sealed

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Barcelona’s LaLiga title celebrations were marred by shocking scenes as a group of Espanyol fans chased them off the pitch.

Xavi’s men sealed a first league title in four years with a 4-2 win at the home of their local rivals, but things turned ugly shortly after full time.

Barcelona didn’t hold back in their celebrations immediately after full-time

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Barcelona didn’t hold back in their celebrations immediately after full-time

But they had to make a beeline for the tunnel as Espanyol fans stormed the pitch

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But they had to make a beeline for the tunnel as Espanyol fans stormed the pitch

As the Barca squad danced in a circle in the middle of the pitch, some angry Espanyol fans stormed the pitch in an attempt to confront them.

The Barcelona players sprinted off and went down the tunnel, while the fans were eventually apprehended by stewards and riot police.

A chair was even being thrown on the pitch of the RCDE Stadium.

Speaking about the post-match carnage, Xavi told Movistar: “In the end the celebration is normal, but there comes a point when we are not at home. It was respectful to leave”.

It’s been a fine season on a domestic front for Barca, who raced to a 3-0 lead at half time thanks to two goals by Robert Lewandowski and Alejandro Balde.

Jules Kounde made it 4-0 on 53 minutes before Javi Puado and Joselu scored consolation goals for the home side.

A group of Espanyol fans jumped over the barriers in the stand and made their way onto the pitch

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A group of Espanyol fans jumped over the barriers in the stand and made their way onto the pitch

It’s not believed the fans managed to get to any of the Barca players and coaching staff

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It’s not believed the fans managed to get to any of the Barca players and coaching staff

However, riot police were needed to deal with the pitch invaders

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However, riot police were needed to deal with the pitch invaders

Stewards also assisted with apprehending the pitch invaders

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Stewards also assisted with apprehending the pitch invaders

A chair was even seen being thrown on the pitch

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A chair was even seen being thrown on the pitch

The night took a disturbing turn post-match

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The night took a disturbing turn post-match


The result means Barcelona have an unassailable 14-point lead over second-placed Real Madrid at the top of the table with four matches left.

By winning the championship in the back yard of their locals rivals Barcelona experienced what Arsenal managed in their last Premier League title win, being confirmed as champions with a draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

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