Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Another Outbreak of Violence in Rome
Goal.com, December 13th, 2007 9:03PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

It was a meaningless game, Wednesday's Champions League clash between Group F qualifiers Manchester United and host Roma, but nevertheless, violence broke out before the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Olimpico. Five Manchester United fans were stabbed, while seven needed treatment at the hospital. This was the third time in succession that English supporters had come away from Rome with injuries. Last April, 18 Manchester United fans needed hospital treatment after police tried to break up United and Roma supporters during a Champions League quarterfinal. A year earlier, Middlesbrough fans were stabbed and others injured in a UEFA Cup match.

Because of its history of violence, Councillor McLuckie of the UK's Cleveland Police Authority said Roma should be thrown out of Europe altogether. "[Roma] should not be involved in the Champions League or the UEFA Cup, and that should be the case until they clean up their act," he said. The authorities also prove that fans can safely attend games at the Stadio Olimpico.

McLuckie pointed out that English clubs were once given a five-year European ban for hooliganism, a punishment that he says was pivotal in getting British police to successfully tackle the problem. "We have a real grip on this kind of thing and I know the British police would be happy to give the Italian authorities any help they require," he said. "At the end of the day, the authorities in Rome have failed to keep control of these fans time after time after time, and the Italian authorities as a whole must get in there."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ancelotti: Blatter 'Unable to Keep His Mouth Shut'     
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti on Tuesday accused Sepp Blatter of being "unable to keep his ...
Report: Spain's Tax Authority Probes Barca, Real Stars     
Marca on Wednesday reported that some of La Liga's highest profile players over the last several ...
Reports: Moyes to Take Over at La Real?    
Spanish media reports claim that former Manchester United coach David Moyes is among the names being ...
Balotelli 'Finally!' Scores for Liverpool     
Mario Balotelli on Tuesday came off the bench to save Liverpool from a League Cup fourth-round ...
Study: Barca Produces the Most Professionals in Europe     
According to new research, La Liga giant Barcelona has produced more professional players in Europe's top ...
Clattenburg Dropped for Breaching Referee Rules    
English referee Mark Clattenburg has been dropped for this weekend's Premier League games for breaking the ...
Mourinho Blasts Fringe Players Following Shrewsbury Win     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho criticized his fringe players for not taking their chance to impress him ...
Blatter on Russia: Soccer and Politics Should Not Mix     
FIFA President Sepp Blatter, in Russia on Monday for the unveiling of the official emblem for ...
Report: Evra Out for a Month     
Juventus defender Patrice Evra will be out for a month with a hamstring strain, the club ...
UEFA Reduces CSKA Stadium Ban     
UEFA on Monday reduced CSKA Moscow's stadium ban over its fans' racist behavior to two games ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives