Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Ultra soccer fans threw gas into Rome pub to stun rivals

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Rome, February 6 - The three men arrested Wednesday
in connection with a vicious attack last November on fans of
London club Tottenham Hotspur threw a type of suffocating gas
into a Rome pub to stun their intended victims, police say.
Fulvio Marra, 24, Tony Vratuli, 36, and Nicolae Rotariu,
33, have been charged with wounding and causing aggravated
damage in the brutal attack on November 22 that left one English
supporter in a serious condition.
All were required to provide DNA samples to compare with
weapons and clothing found at the scene, where as many as 50
armed and masked men attacked rival soccer fans in a pub in
Rome's famous Campo de' Fiori square.
Others are being questioned and more arrests are possible,
police said.
Nine homes were raided before the arrests as police
gathered evidence of what an investigating judge called "blind
and unprecedented violence" that was clearly premeditated.
According to the judge Antonella Capri, Rotariu "broke in
to the pub as a wolf in search of its prey, hit and kicked
anyone who was at hand", while Marra helped to organize the
logistics of the attack.
Before making Wednesday's arrests, police studied
surveillance film that showed the men leaving the pub, and
poured over telephone and text messages sent before and after
the attack.
"This was extremely serious," said police superintendent
Fulvio Della Rocca.
"Rome is a hospitable city and cannot go on international
news for these events".
Police said two of the arrested men are "ultra" fans of the
Lazio football club.
An AS Roma fan had previously been arrested, supporting the
hypothesis that the raid was carried out by fans of more than
one team.
Anti-Semitism was cited as one of the possible motives
behind the attack as one day later, some Lazio fans aimed
anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham Hotspur supporters and
displayed a pro-Palestinian banner during a Europa League match.
Tottenham, or Spurs, are traditionally considered to have a
strong Jewish element in their fan base and followers continue
to be proud of this.

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