Violence broke out following AS Roma’s 5-1 romp of Champions League Group E opponent CSKA Moscow, with two supporters of the Russian side rushed to the hospital, one with suspected stab wounds.
The online report comes from Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport and claims that one CSKA fan who had been stabbed in the stomach and the arm was transported to the Italian city’s Gemelli hospital. Initial reports said the man’s life was not in danger.
The other fan, also of CSKA Moscow, was reportedly taken to hospital after suffering head wounds from being hit with a bottle. Our friends at Soccerly have the story:
Violence also erupted in the later stages of the game as Roma romped to a 5-0 lead.
Television pictures showed fans of both sides taunting and throwing missiles at each other, prompting the intervention of stewards.
When the Roma fans were cordoned behind a line of stewards, fans of CSKA began attacking stadium stewards, many of whom had to defend themselves from punches being thrown and what appeared to be iron bars before they moved back as police with guns and batons arrived.
The match was only briefly halted and shortly after resuming CSKA claimed their only goal of the game through Ahmed Musa.
Roma coach Rudi Garcia told Canal5 after the game: “It’s not right. This is a football game and shouldn’t turn into a battle.
“We should take steps to get rid of people who are involved in this kind of behaviour. Outside the stadium, there are police to deal with this kind of problem.”
The Italian capital has witnessed several violent incidents over the years.
Earlier this year Napoli supporter Ciro Esposito died in hospital after being shot by hardline ultra fans of Roma as fans of Napoli and Fiorentina travelled to Rome for the Italian Cup final.