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Tottenham fans attacked in Rome

22 November 2012 10:53

A group of Tottenham supporters have been attacked in a bar in Rome ahead of their team's UEFA Europa League match against Lazio.

One Spurs fan is believed to have been stabbed and seriously injured, while several more were hurt in the incident that took place in the early hours of Thursday.

Witnesses said that around 40 men wearing helmets and scarves to cover their faces entered the Drunken Ship bar armed with cobblestones, knives and metal rods.

The owner of the bar, Marco Manzi, believes the police were scared to intervene.

It is not the first time English football fans have been the subject of violence in the Italian capital - Manchester United supporters were stabbed before the UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona.

"There were around 40 fans, the police officer said both from Lazio and Roma," Manzi said.

"They started to hurl stones from the square, then they smashed the door and didn't let anyone in. Then they started to throw anything around and tried to beat the English to death.

"Many were injured, one of them badly and he's under surgery right now, there was no police around, only a local police car which left. Perhaps they were scared."

Lazio president Claudio Lotito has denied supporters of the club were responsible for the incident.

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Competition
UEFA Europa League
Date
22 November 2012
Game week
5
Kick-off
19:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 0
Venue
Stadio Olimpico (Roma)
Attendance
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