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Bayern and Galatasaray supporters brawl ahead of İstanbul match

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Around a hundred Bayern Munich and Galatasaray supporters clashed early Tuesday in one of İstanbul’s main bar districts ahead of their Champions League match, Agence France-Presse reported.

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

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

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

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

The German consulate in İstanbul 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 Tuesday’s game.

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

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