Five Tottenham fans have been injured in alleged anti-Semitic attacks after being ambushed by knife-wielding Ultras in Italy. Trouble flared ahead of Thursday night's Europa League game between Spurs and Lazio in Rome, with witnesses reporting that the Italian hooligans shouted 'Jews' at the Tottenham fans. The violence occurred at the Drunken Ship pub - the same establishment where three Middlesbrough supporters where stabbed in 2006 - as fans of the London club were enjoying a drink.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said security would be increased for tonight's tie. He said: '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.'
Landlord Marco Manzi said: '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 anymore about him. The whole operation from start to finish was over in around 10 minutes. Most of the fans left and the police arrived.'
Italian newspaper La Repubblica reported scenes of 'urban warfare' erupting in the early hours of this morning shortly after 1am in the Campo de Fiori with up to 100 'Ultras' - notorious troublemakers - attacking a band of Spurs fans. The injured fans involved in the attack have been named as Ashley Mills, Dave Lesley, Stephen Tierney and Christopher Allen.
We wish them a speedy recovery.