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Leicester Tigers rugby stars injured after being caught in Albufeira bar brawl with security

rugby fightShocking video footage apparently showed the rugby stars being involved in a bar brawl whilst visiting the Algarve to attend a training camp.

Girls are seen scrambling over tables to escape the mayhem before a fight spills out into an outside seating area, where glasses are hurled between the patrons.

One player from rugby union side Leicester Tigers reportedly suffered a facial wound from flying glass in the confrontation with men thought to be security staff.

Police were called to The Irish Pub in Albufeira Marina, but everyone involved had left by the time they arrived. A source said: “Although the footage shows there was a sudden surge of violence, it was all over very quickly.”

The mobile footage shows the Leicester players at a table in high spirits. At one point one of the men can be seen performing pull-ups on a beam.

A witness claimed they were told they would not be served any more drinks. Several men in white T-shirts were then recorded facing the Tigers players, with some apparently trying to calm the situation.

One man can be heard saying “It’s going to kick off” while another shouts “Can you control this?” just before the trouble. The film shows men thought to be security punching Tigers players, who appear to respond by surging into the outside area.

Leicester’s head coach Geordan Murphy visited after the fight and spoke to police. No arrests have been made so far.

A club spokesman said: “The players made us aware of an incident when they were given a night off. The club has co-operated fully with authorities and while we believe this is the end of the matter, we will take further action if appropriate.”