Tottenham fans have traveled en masse to France for today's Europa League match with Lyon (12:50 p.m. ET, Fox Soccer Channel), but the festive vibe was harshed dramatically when a group of up to 50 thugs attacked the bar where many of the English fans had congregated on the eve of the match.
And it doesn't seem like the attackers are Lyon supporters, according to the BBC, which claims the men were wearing balaclavas and making Nazi salutes.
The Spurs fans said the attackers smashed doors and threw cast iron chairs, wooden objects and a flare into the Smoking Dog, a popular destination for English expats where a group of 150 had gathered to drink.
Three Tottenham supporters were taken to the hospital following the attacks, while up to 20 others required care on the scene for minor injuries.
"The front of the pub, which is made up of reinforced glass, was attacked by 20 to 25 people," sports journalist Christian Radnedge, a Tottenham fan, told BBC Radio 5. "They threw projectiles through the windows. There was a stand-off. They didn't get into the bar. Then it calmed down. [But] then they came back a second time and it all started again. There were three injured Tottenham fans taken away by ambulance. One of them had a head injury. I'm not sure how bad it was."
It marks the second time in three months that fans of the London club, which has a traditionally strong Jewish following, have been targeted in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.