German football fans clash with Rome riot police

14 Eintracht supporters arrested before Lazio game in Rome.

Rome police arrested 14 supporters of Eintracht Frankfurt football club ahead of the Europa League match against Lazio in Rome on the evening of 13 December.

Clashes took place in the Flaminio district of the capital, near the Stadio Olimpico, with German fans throwing fireworks at police.

Central areas such as Piazza del Popolo and the Colosseum were left littered with glass bottles and rubbish, while there were reports of Eintracht fans ransacking a supermarket for alcohol. There were around 9,000 Eintracht supporters in Rome to see the game which their side won 2-1.

Italy's interior ministry undersecretary Stefano Candiani, of the right-wing Lega party, told Rome daily newspaper Il Messaggero: "After the restrictions on immigration, the time has come to also revise the situation regarding foreign fan clubs", making reference to "violent people who come to Italy only to create the greatest possible amount of trouble."

In 2015 fans of Dutch football team Feyenoord rioted in Piazza di Spagna, ahead of a Europa League match against AS Roma, smashing glass bottles off the 17th-century Barcaccia fountain and damaging the central part of the baroque monument.

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