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[size=5]If this had happened in England......................

Tottenham fans injured in clashes in Rome


The BBC's Alan Johnston said there was "fierce fighting" reported in the bar[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20442906#story_continues_1]Continue reading the main story

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    [size=5]A Tottenham Hotspur supporter has been seriously injured and several hurt in a clash with rival fans in Rome.
    Spurs are due to play Lazio in the Italian capital at 18:00 GMT in a Europa League match.
    The fan was stabbed at the Drunken Ship bar in the Campo de' Fiori district and is understood to have suffered a serious injury to an artery.
    The bar's owner said some 40 men wearing helmets and with faces covered attacked the English supporters.
    [url=http://roma.corriere.it/roma/notizie/cronaca/12_novembre_22/raid-pub-roma-2112824287876.shtml]The Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera said at least seven Spurs fans, aged between 20 and 60, had been injured and taken to three hospitals. Rome police said five were British, one was from California and one from Bangladesh.
    [url=http://roma.repubblica.it/cronaca/2012/11/22/news/guerriglia_urbana_a_campo_de_fiori_tifosi_laziali_assaltano_un_pub-47159652/?ref=HREA-1]La Repubblica reported "urban warfare" broke out at the bar, with up to 100 "Ultras" attacking Spurs fans.
    It said Lazio fans were armed with knives, baseball bats, and knuckle dusters.
    [url=https://twitter.com/DavidLammy]Tottenham MP David Lammy tweeted: "Every time EPL (English Premier League) clubs in Rome there's a stabbing, every time promises are made to crackdown on thugs but nothing ever changes. Thoughts go out to Spurs fans that were attacked in Rome last night."
    The owner of the bar, Mario Manzi, told the BBC: "At 1am there were around 30 English fans here, plus some American students, and some Italians.
    "At some point, from around the corner, some 40 guys, all wearing helmets, faces covered with scarves, came here, destroyed that window, and came in.
    "The English people hid behind here, and everything was destroyed. There were rocks, iron bars, everything."
    He said: "The English fans were very calm, they weren't even drunk, then these men with heads covered came barging in throwing cobblestones. They had clubs and metal rods. It lasted about 20 minutes."
    Mr Manzi added: "This was a planned thing. They had studied it. The English people had been here since the afternoon. They were circled, cornered, and weren't allowed to go out."
    The BBC's Rome correspondent, Alan Johnston, said the bar was wrecked and five people were arrested.[url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20442906#story_continues_2]Continue reading the main story
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    [size=5]All of them were Italians who the police believe to be Lazio fans.

    Tottenham fan Dave Illesly said he left the bar shortly before the attack but he feared further trouble later.

    He told Reuters: "That is the trouble with football; you never know. When you come abroad to foreign countries trouble comes to you.

    "I'm not really looking forward to it now - bit worried, to be honest. I just don't know; I would rather go home."

    Another Spurs fan, Sean Sill, said: "I'm going to cover up my Spurs shirt."

    Rome police said the most seriously injured man was a 25-year-old who was being treated at San Camillo Hospital.

    The spokesman said: "A group of about 40 or 50 people in motorcycle helmets or with their faces covered were armed and attacked the group of English football fans drinking in Campo de' Fiori square."

    http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/64303000/jpg/_64303894_152418620Spurs and Lazio played out a goalless draw in London in September

    Eyewitness Giuseppe Tamborra said: "I saw four people lying on the ground, one with his forehead cut open, probably with a stool taken from the bar. The Italians were very organised, with helmets, bats, even balaclavas. There were less people in the English group, the others were in a big group."

    A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said it was investigating and would provide consular assistance.

    He said: "We are in contact with the Italian authorities and have been assured there will be increased security for tonight's match."

    [url=http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/spurs/News/travel-advice-lazio-20112012.page?]On Tottenham's website it advises Spurs fans to travel by shuttle bus from Via Washington (near Villa Borghese Park) direct to the Stadio Olimpico. Those bus services start at 4pm local time and the club advise there will be additional shuttle buses from the main Termini Station to Via Washington.

    Shuttle buses will also be available after the game and the club say Tottenham Hotspur stewards will be on hand to assist.

    Spurs and Lazio played out a goalless draw in September in a game which was marred by racist chanting by some Lazio fans.

    Tottenham defender Steven Caulker and his manager Andre Villas-Boas, speaking before the clashes, both voiced their hope that Thursday's game would not be overshadowed by racism.

    Caulker said: "I'm not worried about the atmosphere - I hope football does the talking. Italy is a great footballing country. Hopefully that will be the talking point."

    Lazio's "Ultra" hooligans have in the past been linked with fascism, while Tottenham have traditionally drawn support from the Jewish community.[/size]

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