Spanish riots police clash with rival fans in Barcelona leaving one supporter unconscious on the street

A number of Wolves fans clashed with Spanish police in Barcelona ahead of their Europa League second-leg against Espanyol on Thursday.

Footage which emerged on social media showed a group of men, some seen wearing Wolves shirts, confronting police who were holding batons, carrying riot shields and wearing helmets.

In the video, police are seen retreating and one man in a white t-shirt is seen lying on the ground, appearing to be unconscious as other supporters attend to him.

As tensions escalate during the stand-off, irate members of the group of men are captured picking up tables and small stands outside restaurants to throw at police.

When one is thrown, despite others being advised that it is not a good idea, the police proceed to close the distance between themselves and the supporters in the narrow street.

One supporter claimed the altercation was ‘totally unprovoked’.

‘It was totally unprovoked. Just barbaric,’ he said.

‘We were just having a few drinks in a bar off one of the main squares. At about 10.30pm it began to close so they gave us plastic glasses and we went outside. But then 10 police vans show up and riot police get out with shields.

One man is seen lying unconscious on the street

Wolves face Espanyol on Thursday night at the RCDE Stadium and so a number of their travelling support travelled out early to make the most of the visit.

The clashes on Wednesday night are the latest involving the fans of an English team playing in Spain.

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