• Europa League

Spurs fans stabbed in Rome

ESPN staff
November 22, 2012

At least 10 Tottenham Hotspur fans have been injured after they were attacked in Rome ahead of their Europa League clash with Lazio, with two reportedly stabbed.

At least one supporter was seriously injured and nine others received treatment after an incident in a bar in the Italian capital in the early hours of Thursday morning.

A report on the Gazzetta dello Sport website said a gang of masked assailants carried out the attack at the Drunken Ship bar at around 1am local time, and published pictures of the establishment wrecked after the violence. It said one victim is critically ill with damage to an artery.

Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported scenes of "urban warfare" and quoted one witness as saying: "We feared the worst".

Police have confirmed that a number of Italians aged between 20 and 55 have been detained in relation to the incident. However, they refused to disclose whether they were 'Ultra' supporters of Lazio.

The incident comes after Lazio were fined £32,500 by UEFA after some of their fans directed racist abuse at Tottenham's black players during the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane in September.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of Thursday's match in Rome, Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas endorsed the sanction.

"UEFA decided to punish Lazio and rightly so," he said. "It doesn't mean incidents won't happen again.

"We hope they won't, and the players will be in the right frame of mind to let the governing bodies deal with those situations at the end of the game if they do. It's something that will hopefully not happen."

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