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Soccer: Rome mayor condemns Spurs fans attack as 'thuggery'


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Rome, November 22 - Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno
condemned the attack on fans of English side Tottenham Hotspur
in a central Rome pub as thuggery on Thursday and called on
police to find the culprits.
"It is an episode of stadium thuggery transported to the
centre of Rome," said Alemanno.
"It's incredible that a group of 16 fans, thugs in reality,
should move deliberately to go on a raid and attack fans of the
opposing team.
"I hope the police and investigators find those
responsible, because what happened shows that a band of madmen
and criminals is in action, hiding behind the support in our
stadiums and this is unacceptable".
The English fans were in Rome to see Tottenham take on
Lazio in a Europa League match later on Thursday.
Police have detained several Italians suspected of taking
part in the raid, in which one Spurs fan was badly injured.
Investigators are said to be focusing their attention on 15
hard-core 'ultra' fans and they have not ruled out the
possibility that supporters of several teams, not just Lazio
followers, were involved.
There are extreme right-wing elements in Lazio's support,
including some Fascist sympathisers.
The head of the central Rome borough where the attack took
place said the signs of it were still visible after dawn.
"I spoke to the pub owner's assistant, who was on duty last
night," said Orlando Corsetti.
"A group of young men wearing helmets attacked the pub,
first throwing rocks and breaking the windows and then starting
the fight and stabbing the English tourists who are fans of
"We don't know if the incident is linked to the match or
if there are other reasons.
"The pub is totally destroyed and there are still blood
stains in the square".
There have been several incidents of fans of foreign teams
being attacked and stabbed before European soccer games in Rome
in recent years.
Three Middlesbrough supporters were stabbed during
fights with AS Roma fans at the same pub as Thursday's attack
before a UEFA Cup quarter-final in 2006.

photo: Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno

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