Peru's national soccer team players said they clashed with Spanish police outside the team's hotel in Madrid after fans gathered to greet players on Monday.

Peru will play a friendly against Morocco in Madrid on Tuesday, after losing 2-<> to Germany this weekend.

The clashes erupted when hundreds of fans approached the team's hotel after training ended.

Peruvian goalkeeper and captain Pedro Galesi told national television: "We wanted to greet the fans. The police beat us."

More than one video circulated on social media, with midfielder Yoshimar Yotun seen arguing with a policeman, after which police clashed with other players.

Police pushed the attacker Alex Valera when he was on his way to carry a flag.

Spanish media reported that 4 players from the national team testified at the police station, led by the captain and goalkeeper of the Peruvian national team, Pedro Galici.

Galizi explained what happened to them, saying, "We wanted to greet the crowd and the police started punching us."

In turn, the Spanish newspaper "Marca" reported that Galici was released hours after his arrest, while the rest of the players Alex Valera, Yoshimar Yutin and Jose Carvalho left the police station immediately after giving their testimonies yesterday.

Comunicado FPF

— Federación Peruana de Fútbol (@TuFPF) March 28, 2023

While there was no statement from the Spanish police, the Peruvian Football Federation commented in a statement posted on its Twitter account: "We regret the events that took place in Madrid during the support of the fans for the team."

"The federation supports the team and confirms its respect for the authorities and procedures of each country we visit, so we are at the disposal of the internal and external oversight bodies to help clarify what happened," he added.

The union called for calm and deliberation, stressing its "total rejection of violence."

En este otro video, Alex Valera recoge la bandera que estaba tirada y al ver la acción violenta con un hincha se mete a defenderlo.

— Gustavo Peralta Coello (@Gustavo_p4) March 27, 2023

Pésimo accionar de la policía española que agredió a los jugadores peruanos confundiéndolos con hinchas. También hay fanáticos agredidos durante el banderazo en Madrid.

— Gustavo Peralta Coello (@Gustavo_p4) March 27, 2023

Aquí otro video de la tensa situación entre la selección peruana y la policía española.

— Gustavo Peralta Coello (@Gustavo_p4) March 27, 2023

Incident between Perú National Team and Spanish police!!

My understanding, is that the Spanish police started something with Yotún and then Gallese and Valera defended him.

Will report more soon...

— Diego Montalvan (@DMontalvan) March 27, 2023