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Bayern file UEFA complaint over Madrid police ‘attack’

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The team of FC Bayern Munich, first row (L-R) Bayern Munich’s defender Philipp Lahm, Bayern Munich’s French midfielder Franck Ribery, Bayern Munich’s Polish striker Robert Lewandowski , Bayern Munich’s Chilian midfielder Arturo Vidal and Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara, second row (L-R) Bayern Munich’s Austrian defender David Alaba, Bayern Munich’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Bayern Munich’s Dutch midfielder Arjen Robben, Bayern Munich’s Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso, Bayern Munich’s defender Mats Hummels and Bayern Munich’s defender Jerome Boateng are pictured prior the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal second leg football match Real Madrid vs FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, on April 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE

Bayern Munich accused Spanish police of “violent attacks” on their supporters during the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid and filed a complaint with UEFA on Wednesday.

The German club said police action on Tuesday during half time at the Santiago Bernabeu was “completely misplaced and excessive” and have requested an explanation from Spanish authorities.

Eye-witnesses said that riot police stormed the visitors’ section of the ground to remove a banner, which led to Bayern fans attacking officers, who replied in kind.

About 4,500 Bayern fans travelled to watch the Germans bow out 6-3 on aggregate, after going down on the night 4-2 in extra time in the quarter-final second leg.

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