22 trouble-makers detained ahead of Club Brugge’s Champions League match against Galatasaray

22 supporters of the Turkish football club Galatasaray have been detained as trouble flared up in the Sint-Andries area of Bruges on Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday evening Club Brugge will take on the Turkish club in the first of their Champions League group stage games. 

The police have had their hands full keeping the peace ahead of Wednesday evening’s game. The 22 fans detained had not travelled to Bruges to attend the match as none of them had tickets for it. However, they walked around the West Flemish city carrying baseball bats and burning Bengal lights.

The police have confirmed that the 22 trouble-makers have been arrested and that they will be on high alert all evening and throughout the night in case there is any more trouble.  

The police refuse to say how many officers will be deployed “However, our officers  will be visibly present everywhere. Both in and around the stadium and in the city centre”, the Bruges Police spokeswoman Lien Depoorter told the VRT. 17 years ago there was rioting after a match between the two clubs and the police are keen to prevent this happening again.