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  1. 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. 





  2. A British businesswoman and an Irish man accused of engaging in sexual activities in a Dubai taxi have been jailed. Rebecca Blake, a £100,000-a-year recruitment consultant, is accused of stripping naked in the back of a Dubai cab and writhing on top of Conor McRedmond. The conviction came despite DNA tests to show evidence of intercourse coming back negative. The pair pleaded not guilty to charges of having consensual sex and indecency, which related to stripping off in public, but were convicted on both counts and ordered to serve a total of three months in prison before being deported.


    The case is the latest in which Westerners have fallen foul of the United Arab Emirates' decency laws, highlighting cultural differences as the UAE seeks a balance between maintaining its Muslim identity and catering for a vibrant tourism industry. 'The court sentenced them to jail for three months and deportation in addition to a fine of 3,000 dirhams ($817) each,' said their lawyer Shaker al-Shammary. He said they would appeal. The pair were also charged with consuming alcohol after admitting to a 10-hour drinking binge on the day of their arrest. During the trial Mr Al Shammary told the court: 'This is Dubai, not a mosque. Everyone drinks.'


    Ms Blake, 29, of Dorking, Surrey, and welder Mr McRedmond, 28, from Tullamore, County Offaly, were arrested on May 4 after meeting for the first time earlier that day in a hotel bar.

    Pakistani taxi driver Qaiser Khan, 29, said he picked the couple up at around 11pm after their all-day drinking binge, which had started with midday brunch and unlimited drinks.

    During the journey Mr Khan said he looked in his rear view mirror and noticed Ms Blake had taken her top off. She was straddling Mr McRedmond and was 'moaning for two minutes and making the sounds of a woman having sex', according to police records. He pulled over on Sheikh Zayed road when he spotted a police patrol car.  He then asked Emirati policeman Abdullah Obaid Khamis, 22, to, 'Come and see what they are doing.'





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