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Brazen Dortmund ultras set off ‘industrial strength’ fireworks outside Man City team hotel at 2.45am, 4.30am and 5.30am

MANCHESTER CITY players were given a rude awakening throughout the night as fans in Germany exploded fireworks outside their hotel in the early hours of the morning.

In comes as the Premier League champions take a 2-1 lead into the away leg of their Champions League quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund ultras pictured in Wolfsburg


Borussia Dortmund ultras pictured in WolfsburgCredit: Getty
Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones traveling to Dortmund


Ilkay Gundogan and John Stones traveling to DortmundCredit: Getty

Witnesses heard ‘incredible bangs’ which awoke residents and members of Pep Guardiola’s travelling squad at the Radisson Blu in Dortmund.

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According to the Daily Mail, a gang of 17 ultras set off the first batch of ‘industrial strength’ fireworks at 2.45am which sparked City’s security staff to patrol the area.

Then, at 4.30am around seven of the group returned and set off a second explosion in a different area near the hotel, again waking up those inside.

Police were called to inspect the incidents, but it is claimed City’s security were forced to foil a THIRD attempt at 5.30am.

The club’s staff are said to have spotted members of the gang returning and managed to chase them away.

A source told the Mail: “These were not just bangers. We are talking industrial strength fireworks.

“The bangs were incredible. It felt as if the hotel shook.”

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Police action is thought to be unlikely despite CCTV footage being examined.

It comes after Barcelona fans set off fireworks outside PSG’s hotel in February before the French champions won 4-1 in Spain.

In the return tie a month later, PSG fans got their own back with a similar trick while the Barca squad was staying in the French capital.

Goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden sees City with an advantage in Dortmund, but Marco Reus’ strike gives the Germans a vital away goal.

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