Lunedì, 22 Ottobre 2018
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Soccer: Stabbed Spurs fan says will return to Rome

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Rome, December 4 - The English soccer fan who was
stabbed and seriously injured in a brutal attack on a group of
Tottenham Hotspur supporters in a Rome pub last month has said
he will return to the Italian capital.
Anti-Semitism is suspected to have been behind the
attack, in which Spurs fan Ashley Mills was stabbed in the head
and in the leg and suffering injuries to an artery.
Tottenham followers lay claim to a Jewish identity even
though the London side's fan base is made up of people from
various ethnic and religious backgrounds.
"I can't remember anything about that night," Mills, a
25-year-old builder, told reporters after leaving Rome's San
Camillo in a wheelchair on Monday.
"I don't have anything to say to the assailants. There are
crazy people all over the world. I'll come back to Italy and to
Rome".
However, Mills added that his fellow Spurs supporters may
be less inclined to return.
"My friends were attacked too," he said. "They came to
visit me in hospital but they were afraid to walk around Rome".
Italian Soccer Federation President Giancarlo Abete wrote
to the chairman of the English Football Association David
Bernstein to apologise for the attack on the night before a
Europa League match between Spurs and Lazio.
Abete described the incident as an "unspeakable attack that
damages the image of our football" adding that it was the result
of "racist, anti-Semitic madness".
Two AS Roma charged have charged with alleged
involvement in the raid, which was a possibly carried out by
extremist fans of more than one Italian club.
They have been banned from attending football matches for
five years.
Some fans of Lazio, who have extreme right elements among
their supporters, chanted "Juden Tottenham, Juden Tottenham"
during the 0-0 draw.
"If the tests keep going well, I'll start playing
five-a-side football again in a month," added Mills.

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