TWO Roma followers had been arrested in the present day after a violent assault on a bunch of Chelsea followers forward of tonight’s Champions League conflict.
Cops mentioned a bunch of Roma ultras carrying masks and carrying sticks ambushed a bunch of Blues supporters as they sat consuming in a pub.
Nobody was harm within the assault as police had been on the scene at The Shamrock pub inside minutes and managed to arrest two Italians.
A witness mentioned:”All of it kicked off round midnight simply because the pub was about to shut up.
“It’s well-liked with visiting followers because it has a soccer theme and is within the centre of city near the Colosseum.
“This group of Roma followers burst in carrying masks and sticks and attacked the Chelsea followers who had been closely outnumbered.
“It was chaos for a couple of minutes after which when police arrived the Roma followers ran off however they stopped two of them.”
Paramedics had been referred to as to the scene however a Rome police spokesman confirmed there have been no critical accidents.
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Cops are already on crimson alert forward of tonight’s match with round 2,000 Chelsea followers are anticipated within the Italian capital and additional officers have been drafted in.
Officers worry round 200 potential hooligans will journey to Italy and consequently officers from the Met have additionally gone out for the excessive danger recreation.
There are fears Chelsea followers will unite with their Lazio counterparts to allow them to ambush Roma followers heading to the match.
Earlier this month there was hassle in and round Kensington, West London, after Roma supporters for the match at Stamford Bridge clashed with police forcing customers to take cowl.
Rome has been the scene of assorted disturbances with English followers from Middlesborough and Man United being focused previously – essentially the most critical conflict was in 2007 when dozens of United followers had been harm in clashes.
Whereas in 2012 a number of Tottenham followers had been stabbed by Lazio followers throughout a Europa League match.
A Rome police supply mentioned: “We now have held conferences with representatives from the Metropolitan Police, the British Embassy and Roma soccer membership.
“We’re ready for all the pieces and this might be a extremely delicate week for us with followers from Britain and the France coming this week as Good play Lazio on Thursday.
“We can have a excessive variety of officers on responsibility for the match and we won’t tolerate extreme consuming or violent behaviour.”
Cops might be patrolling town’s two airports, the primary railway station and important squares with bar house owners being requested to maintain an eye fixed out for drunken followers.
The Overseas Workplace has additionally warned Chelsea followers to take precaution saying: “It’s strongly really useful that followers ought to use the shuttle buses and never make their very own option to the stadium.
“Followers ought to keep away from the realm south of the Olympic stadium, particularly Ponte Duca D’Aosta, the place Rome followers usually collect earlier than the match.”