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Last Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2007, 12:22 GMT
Champions League trouble

Red flare at the Manchester United v Lille game

Manchester United queried moving their Champions League game against Lille to the 42,000-capacity Stade Felix Bollaert

Manchester United fans at the Stade Felix Bollaert

Trouble appears to break out after 15 minutes and there are conflicting reports over what causes it to start

Manchester United fans at the Stade Felix Bollaert

BBC commentators at the game reported that a crush built up in the bottom tier because only one gate was open

Manchester United fans

But one Reuters report claimed trouble started when a United fan got onto the pitch and was returned to the stand

Manchester United fans in the Stade Felix Bollaert

Some United supporters appeared to be pushed against a 10-foot high metal fence

Manchester United fans in the Stade Felix Bollaert

And at least two people had to be lifted over the barriers to be taken away to safety

Police take action at the Stade Felix Bollaert

Riot police fired tear gas and swung truncheons at those who were trying to climb over the fence

Ryan Giggs curls a quick freekick as Wayne Rooney looks on

The trouble is soon under control - but when Ryan Giggs scores with a quick free-kick there is further controversy

Ryan Giggs scores in the 83rd minute

Lille, who earlier had a goal from Peter Odemwingie ruled out for a push, protest claiming they were waiting for the whistle

Lille players surround referee Eric Braamhaar

But referee Eric Braamhaar allows the goal to stand - Lille players protest the decision and appear to start walking off

Lille and Manchester United players argue on the touchline

However, it was later claimed they were lodging a protest rather than trying to halt the game

Sir Alex Ferguson waves the players back on

A furious Sir Alex Ferguson waved his players back on and the game resumed shortly after

Rio Ferdinand and his team-mates celebrate United's winner

The final whistle eventually came to seal United's first-leg win - though the Old Trafford leg on 7 March promises to be feisty



SEE ALSO
Lille 0-1 Man Utd
20 Feb 07 |  Europe
Champions League clockwatch
20 Feb 07 |  Europe


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