Furious Espanyol Fans Invade Pitch To Attack FC Barcelona Players Celebrating La Liga Title Win (VIDEO)

Furious Espanyol Fans Invade Pitch To Attack FC Barcelona Players Celebrating La Liga Title Win (VIDEO)

Lamentable scenes played out at the RCDE Stadium on Sunday night as Espanyol fans invaded the pitch and tried to attack FC Barcelona players forced to flee down the tunnel to safety.

Barca's players were celebrating a 27th La Liga title win on their arch rival's turf after beating them 4-2 in a match that was pretty much done and dusted on 53 minutes before the relegation-threatened hosts pulled back a pair of consolation goals.

Xavi Hernandez's players and staff held hands and danced near the center circle at the halfway line.

This caused the traveling contingent to flee down the tunnel to safety, and Carrusel Deportivo that there were attempts from hooded men to get into the changing rooms and attack them with "bars, chairs, batons and other objects".

Security managed to block off the entrance to the tunnel and prevent a tragedy from occuring.

As shown by Movistar, however, clashes between enraged Espanyol fans and the Catalan police known as the Mossos d'Esquadra continued.

from Madrid-based newspaper AS carried images of the police striking some pitch invaders, and a warning over the tannoy to "abandon the stadium or force will be used" was heeded.

On Twitter, Spanish and Catalan media outlets and reporters used words such as "horrible", "mad" and "disgraceful" to describe the original trouble.

"No matter where you look at it from, it is very sad that this is seen on the field. Regrettable and shameful," Movistar's Ricardo Rosety.

Next week, we will perhaps learn if Espanyol will be punished for the incident with a fine and being forced to play one or more of their remaining matches of the season behind closed doors.

Some seven miles east of the RCDE Stadium, at the Canaletes fountain on Barcelona's most famous street La Rambla, masses of Culers were able to commemorate their team's first Spanish top flight win in four years undisturbed.

On Monday at 18.00 local time, the party will start once again as the trophy is paraded by the players on an open top bus from Camp Nou down to Arc de Triomf.