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Pub landlord describes attack on fans

Marco Manzi, the landlord of the Drunken Ship pub in Rome where a group of English football fans were attacked, described the ambush:

The bar was full of about 30 English supporters at 1am. Most of them were aged between 40 and 50 and they were well behaved.

Then arrived what I presume were Italian supporters wearing scooter helmets with their faces covered with scarves carrying stones and rocks.

They arrived in the pub and they attacked the English supporters.

Some of the English supporters tried to escape down Via dei Cappellari and it was in this street where one of them was hit by a knife.

I think he was quite badly hurt but I don't know any more about him.

The whole operation from start to finish was over in around 10 minutes. Most of the fans left and the police arrived

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Eyewitness: Italians 'organised' with helmet and bats

I called the police... I saw four people lying on the ground, one with his forehead cut open... probably with a stool taken from the bar over there. The Italians were very organised, with helmet, bats, even balaclavas. There were less people in the English group, the others were in a big group.

– GIUSEPPE TAMBORRA, Eyewitness

Rome police: Five Britons injured in Spurs attack

Police in Rome say seven men were injured. Five were British, one Californian and one Bangladeshi.

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. The more seriously injured seems to be the Briton born in 1987. The American was born in 1982.

– ROME POLICE

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Scenes compared to 'urban warfare' as Spurs fans are injured

The Italian newspaper La Repubblica has compared the scenes to "urban warfare". The violence is believed to have taken place at the Drunken Ship pub - images on La Repubblica's website appear to reveal the damage.

The Lazio fans were reportedly armed with knives, baseball bats, belts and knuckle dusters and they went on to "destroy" the venue. One witness told the paper: "We feared the worst."

Spurs fan seriously injured in Rome attack

A Tottenham fan is in a serious condition following a fight with masked assailants in Rome ahead of tonight's Europa League match against Serie A side Lazio, police have announced.

He suffered an injury to his artery in the incident, which took place in the early hours of this morning and left nine other Spurs supporters injured.

The group - which included nine British and one American - was outside a pub near the city centre when they were attacked.

A number of Italians involved in the fight were detained, a police spokesman added.

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