‘Welcome back to Hell’ video: Shocking moment riot police attacked as Turkish yobs wait for Manchester United fans

By Dean Wilkins

Almost 20 years ago Manchester United rolled ‘into hell’ in their European clash with Galatasaray, and shocking video footage of Turkish fans throwing missiles at riot unveils what travelling fans are subject to ahead of tonight’s tie.

The horrifying moment hundreds of Turkish supporters bombarded riot police while waiting at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport was posted on YouTube yesterday and shows yobs throwing flares at armed police.

When Sir Alex Ferguson lead his men to face the Turkish League champions two decades ago, ‘Welcome to Hell’, ‘You Shall Die’ and ‘This is the end’ banners greeted the team – and confrontational scenes at the airport were captured yesterday, thankfully no-one was injured.

WELCOME TO HELL: Hundreds of thugs throw missiles at armed riot police

Fergie was relieved to guide his team into the safety of their hotel after arriving in Istanbul and recalled the ‘frightening’ events of their first visit.

“We didn’t get the greeting by the fans [this time] – we dodged that,” he said. “In 1993 when we came here it was incredible. It was quite frightening.

“It was something new. We’ve been here a few times since so we’re getting used to the Turkish fanaticism and enthusiasm. It’s no issue for us.”

It is not the first time Turkish football fans have clashed violently with police. Earlier this year after a goalless derby between Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, clinching the league title for United’s opponents, ugly scenes followed the match as supporters attack armed officers.

Pepper spray and tear gas were used to disperse fans following the tense tie, but the brutal scenes escalated and police varns were ignited and a man wearing a Galatasaray shirt was stabbed by Fenerbahce supporters.

And ten years ago a man was jailed for 15 years after stabbing and killing two Leeds United fans ahead of their European match in 2000.

United have already sealed their place into the Champions League knockout stages as group leaders and will field a team of youngsters to gain experience.

But Galatasaray are still battling for second place with Braga and CFR Cluj and will be hoping to enhance their position with a victory tonight.

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