Academica Coimbra - Benfica 30.11.2014, riots suspended the match
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Academica Coimbra – Benfica 30.11.2014, riots suspended the match

Crowd trouble forced Benfica’s Primeira Liga match at Academica Coimbra to be interrupted for five minutes late in the second half on Sunday, prompting the Lisbon club to protest at heavy-handed policing.

Play was halted when fans spilled onto the running track around the pitch to escape the trouble. Pictures showed smoke bombs and plastic seats being thrown as riot police entered the crowd wielding truncheons.

“Benfica regret and are puzzled by this aggression towards our fans,” said the club in a statement. “During tonight’s game, there was an indiscriminatory police action against the Benfica fans, including women and children.”

“This police intervention followed an episode which happened before the match when our fans were banned from entering with scarves and flags bearing the colours and emblems of the club.”
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