Brighton fans ‘teargassed by mistake’ after Greek police attempt to clear rowdy AEK Athens supporters – following the Seagulls’ 1-0 Europa League win
- Fans became involved in the action by the Greek police to disperse AEK Athens supporters
- They had seen their side claim a famous victory thanks to Joao Pedro's penalty
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Some Brighton fans were exposed on Thursday to tear gas used by Greek police to disperse AEK Athens supporters.
Seagulls supporters could be seen covering their mouths and noses after the final whistle at the Opap Arena.
Police attempted to clear the home fans – some of whom had lingered near the Perspex divider dividing rival supporters – but accidentally caught Brighton fans in their action.
Club police officer Darren Balkham insisted that Brighton fans were not the intended target and revealed that supporters were praised for their 'outstanding behaviour' during the match.
'A number of jerry cans were fired, causing the gas to flow back into the stadium through the silent night.' He wrote on Xformerly Twitter.
Brighton fans were seen covering their mouths and noses after being exposed to the gas
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“I know some of you have been affected (as have we). We immediately reassured those who needed it and informed fans about what had happened.
'To be clear, this was not aimed at Brighton fans at all and the police have commended your excellent behaviour.'
Supporters had seen their side claim a famous victory after Joao Pedro's second-half penalty saw them progress from the group stages.
In a club statement, Brighton praised their supporters and vowed to investigate the incident further.
'Once again the traveling Albion fans were a credit to the club and supported the team on another historic night for the club.' Read the statement.
Joao Pedro celebrates Brighton's winning goal against AEK Athens on Thursday evening
“We are aware full-time of a small number of minor incidents in the home section of the ground.
“We understand that this led to police evacuating the residential area using tear gas. Nothing was aimed at the away section.
'However, we are also aware that this has unintentionally affected a number of Albion supporters in the away section.
'We will investigate further and seek clarity from AEK Athens – who as a club have been excellent hosts – and from UEFA, but will not comment further at this time.'