NK Maribor and Spartak Moscow play to draw in Group E opener

Spartak fans

There were also clashes before kick-off between visiting fans and police.

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against Spartak Moscow after a flare was sacked onto the pitch during their Champions League game against NK Maribor.

Uefa say the Russian giants will be dealt with next Thursday on the two charges of setting off fireworks and throwing objects.

Somehow, the Spartak fans had some flares left over from their pregame scuffle and lit up the away section of the Stadion Ljudski vrt.

While both sides were getting in shape for a defensive free-kick, the Spartak nutcase chose to let off his flare gun towards the referee in the middle of the pitch.

At one point in the footage, a masked fan is seen kicking a grounded police officer who has fallen over trying to fight off an attacker.

Spartak have a history of crowd trouble and were even fined by their own association after racist slogans were displayed on a banner during a domestic game against Arsenal Tula in April 2015.

Jurgen Klopp's side were held to a 2-2 draw by La Liga side Sevilla, meaning things are all square in Group E going into the second matchday.



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