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Italian FA chief condemns 'disgraceful attack'

The President of the Italian Football Association has apologised to the English FA following a "disgraceful attack" on Tottenham fans in Rome. FIGC President Giancarlo Abete condemned the violence:

Once again, football has given a handful of delinquents the excuse to take out their racist and anti-semite anger. There is evidence of this undoubted motive, which is detrimental to the image of Italian football and doesn't match with the traditional hospitality and welcome of the city of Rome.

The city authorities and I publicly express our firm condemnation, with my personal indignation at these events. I beg you to send our apologies to all Tottenham's fans - and in particular to those families directly involved. I will personally follow the investigation's development and remain at your disposal should my assistance in any further matters be required.

– FIGC statement


Stabbed Spurs fan recovering in Rome hospital

A Tottenham Hotspur fan is recovering in hospital after being stabbed when a gang of 50 Italian hooligans stormed a bar in Rome and attacked supporters of the English football team.

Spurs fans were drinking in the Drunken Ship pub before last night's Europa League game with Lazio when trouble flared.

Italian sources told the Press Association that Tottenham fan Ashley Mills, in his mid-twenties and believed to have been stabbed, was seriously injured during the attack and was being treated in hospital.

A spokeswoman for Rome police said Mr Mills had received injuries to his "skull and thigh", was "not in danger of death" and would be kept in hospital for observation.

Spurs fans 'worried' about match tonight

Lifelong Spurs fan Colin McAteer, 59, from Harlow, Essex, spoke of the atmosphere surrounding tonight's match:

It is a bit of a worry, when it starts getting dark... there are some coaches going up to the stadium, but what protection we'll have I don't know.

We have heard stories that we are going to get picked off when we cross the bridge to the stadium.

If you go in a group, it may be safer but then you draw attention to yourself.

At least that way you are wrapped up by the police... It's a bad time here. We are all completely shocked.

Tottenham: 'Nine supporters suffered injuries'

We understand from local police that nine of our supporters suffered injuries last night following an incident in the city centre.

Three of these supporters were taken to hospital for further treatment. We continue to seek further information and are liaising with both Italian and UK police on this matter.

– Tottenham Hotspur spokesman

Foreign Office: 'Increased security measures' for match

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said security would be increased for tonight's tie.

We are aware of a serious incident involving British nationals in Rome.

We are in contact with the Italian authorities and the Italian police, who are investigating the incident and have confirmed there will be increased security measures for the game this evening.

We have been in contact with one British national and have been updated by hospitals on the conditions of all the others, some of whom have already been released.


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

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.

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