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Jeremy Clarkson says he was “punched” by Man City fans at Champion League final

Jeremy Clarkson has outlined the incident which allegedly saw a Manchester City supporter hit him before the Champions League final in Porto.

Chelsea supporter Clarkson hired a private jet to fly out to the showpiece, with Thomas Tuchel’s side upsetting the odds in a 1-0 win.

But prior to kick-off, the former Top Gear host has revealed that after being separated from his friends, he was confronted by City fans.

He admitted that the incident wasn’t as serious as some of the local authorities were led to believe.

“After a flight where the refreshment flowed, we had a long lunch in the Portuguese sunshine, which meant I was quite cheerful when we arrived at the stadium,” Clarkson wrote in his column for the Sun.

Jeremy Clarkson recalled the incident which saw a Man City fan ‘punch’ him in the head’

“So cheerful, in fact, that I got separated from my party and found myself surrounded by some good-natured City fans who decided to express their good-naturedness by punching me in the side of the head.

He continued: “It took ten minutes to convince a policeman that it was just ­joshing that had gone a bit wrong and that no one needed to go to the station.

“And then I had to spend another ten minutes watching an ambulanceman move his finger around to convince himself that I didn’t need to go to the hospital either.

“But eventually, I wobbled into the stadium to do 97 minutes of excitable shouting.”

Clarkson was seen celebrating with Chelsea supporters following Kai Havertz’s decisive moment, with many of them chanting his name.

However, his clash with an over-exuberant City fan wasn’t the last negative of his trip to Portugal.

Clarkson was able to see his beloved Chelsea lift the Champions League
Clarkson was able to see his beloved Chelsea lift the Champions League

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After travelling on a 72-hour Covid pass, Clarkson saw his flight cancelled following the trophy lift, leaving him stranded in the country.

The 61-year-old said he paid more than £500 for the tickets, but it was all worth it after the Blues lifted Europe’s biggest prize for the second time.

He also made sure to aim a dig at City’s most famous fans, the Gallagher brothers, ending his trip with a jibe at frontman.

“Still, let’s look on the bright side. Despite everything, I had a ­better time than poor old Noel and Liam Gallagher.”

It’s not the first dig that Liam has had sent his way, following City’s surprising defeat however.

Former Manchester United captain Patrice Evra penned and recorded a special version of Oasis’ Wonderwall, reminding City of their ‘Noisy Neighbours’ moniker.




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