JUST IN: Chelsea Fans Attacked In Istanbul Ahead Champions League Match
On the eve of tonight's Champions League last 16, first leg match between Chelsea and Galatasaray holding in Turkey, two supporters of the English club have been attacked in Istanbul, Chelsea confirmed on Wednesday.
* A file picture of a cross section of Chelsea supporters
"Chelsea Football Club is aware of two incidents involving fans in the city last night. The club is working with all relevant agencies, including the police and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, to best ensure the safety of all supporters," read a statement on their website.
The confirmation comes after it was reported on Tuesday that two supporters of the London side were stabbed following trouble around Taksim Square, in the heart of the city, as fans gathered for Wednesday's match at the Turk Telecom Arena.
A UK Foreign Office spokesman told AFP on Wednesday morning that they had received no confirmation of any incidents but were "looking into reports".
English fans have been victims of violence in Istanbul before, with Leeds United supporters Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight stabbed to death before a Uefa Cup tie against Galatasaray in 2000.