Liverpool fans arrested in Barcelona kept behind bars to miss Champions League semi-final

Fans were arrested in Barcelona for allegedly hurling missiles including beer cans in the Plaza Reial central square, ahead of their Champions League semi-final tie with Liverpool.

Two hotel workers needed medical attention after being hurt in the shocking scenes.

The group will also be hauled into court tomorrow to face a judge.

Liverpool CEO Peter Moore responded by urging the club’s fans to behave themselves.

He said: “We proudly sing that we’ve conquered all of Europe. 

“But let’s treat this beautiful city with the respect it deserves, and act in a way that is befitting of LFC.

“By all means have a good time, but we are Liverpool, and as such let’s visit here with grace and humility.”

One drunken fan was filmed pushing two people including a tourist into a fountain. 

He has since been outed by Liverpool fans, who claim Martin Murrell, a long-term fan, is the cuplrit.

Barcelona police have confirmed the fountain pushing incident is not linked to the six arrests.

The club later condemned the “totally unacceptable” behaviour of some Liverpool fans and said it was working with Merseyside Police and Spanish authorities to identify those involved in the incidents.

Tomorrow’s court hearings are expected to be held behind closed doors in Spain, although any speedy trial could be opened to the press and public. 

The six fans are understood to have been arrested on public order offences.

Their names and ages have not been made public. Liverpool fans have also accused police in Barcelona of being heavy handed.

One even claimed he had seen officers charging groups of fans with batons.

Additional reporting by Gerard Couzens.

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