CHELSEA fans sang songs by Roman Abramovich before clashing with police ahead of their Champions League game in Lille.
French police officers donned full riot gear as they tried to contain the violence near the train station.
At around 6.30pm local time – two and a half hours before kick-off – the police burst into the Les 3 Brasseurs bar.
blues fans had defied the British government by chanting Abramovich’s namealthough they were urged to retire after expressing support for their outgoing owner in Sunday’s win over Newcastle.
Bottles were thrown by fans and police officers fired tear gas into the crowd.
Riot police even swarmed into the melee to contain and arrest the ringleaders.
According to reports, many of the troublemakers were drunk.
A local police spokesman confirmed the violence and even revealed roads had to be closed due to the scuffle, with problems still ongoing.
They said: “We were called into the bar following complaints about the behavior of supporters.
“Nearby roads have been cordoned off.
“There are still isolated trouble spots in the city.”
Chelsea Fans had been spotted drinking in the area since Wednesday morning.
And throughout the day, they began singing chants in support of Abramovich – who was sanctioned last week for his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Abramovich had announced his intention to sell Chelsea for £3billion just days earlier.
Despite the sanctions, the oligarch is allowed to sell after confirming that he has no interest in pocketing any proceeds.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/17973330/chelsea-fans-clash-police-lille-chant-abramovich/ Chelsea fans sing songs by Roman Abramovich before clashing with police ahead of the Champions League game in Lille