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Two charged over attacks on Spurs fans

Two men have been charged with the attempted murder of a Tottenham fan who was stabbed multiple times in Rome.

Ashley Mills, travelled to Rome to watch Tottenham face Lazio in Europa League action when he and other Spurs fans fell victim to an anti-semitism attack on Thursday.

The pair who have been charged have been named as Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pannelli, 27.

A police spokeswoman said: “They have been charged with attempted murder for involvement in riots and causing serious injury with a knife and are due to appear in court soon.”

Initially it was thought that the attack came from Lazio ultras.

Lazio chairman Claudio Lotito believes Lazio supporters are not to blame for the attacks.

“Lazio fans have nothing to do with what happened,” Lotito told reporters.

Meanwhile, the Football Association will provide UEFA with a report from a crowd control adviser who watched the match in Rome.

The controversial behaviour of the home fans continued into the match, as sections of the crowd were heard chanting ‘Juden Tottenham’.

In his post-match interview, Andre Villas-Boas called for UEFA to act for a second time, as Lazio have already been fined 32,000 pounds for making monkey chants towards players when the sides last met in September.

An FA statement read: “The FA will be providing UEFA with a report from their crowd control adviser present in Rome on Thursday night for Tottenham Hotspur’s Europa League meeting with Lazio.”

An FA spokesperson said: “We were saddened and alarmed to see reports of violent incidents prior to the game as well as anti-Semitic chants.

“The FA had a crowd control adviser present at the fixture who will provide an urgent report, which we will pass on to UEFA as a matter of priority.”

Fri 23 November, 2012
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