SUPPORTERS of rival German football teams clashed in the notorious El Arenal district of the Playa de Palma, leading to the arrest of nine German tourists, considerable property damage, and the evacuation of unfortunate customers and bar staff.
The brawl took place shortly after midnight on Tuesday August 16 and the nine have since been released by National Police after interrogation but could face charges of assault and criminal damage.
Several tourists caught up in the violence were treated for cuts and bruises after a ruckus which reportedly saw 18 bar stools, two tables, and several glass doors destroyed in a scene littered with dozens of smashed bottles.
The news will feel like Groundhog Day for local residents who had hoped that tough new regulations targeting binge drinking and related disturbances would put a dent in the seasonal disorder.
Before the summer wave of tourists arrived hefty €3,000 fines were put in place after locals demanded the town hall take strong action to make everyday living at least bearable and protect El Arenal’s quickly deteriorating reputation.
Summer got off to a bad start in the neighbourhood with a highly publicised May brawl, involving around 30 men, pitting German tourists against African street vendors, and ending with 10 visitors in hospital.