Tottenham Fan Stabbed, Five Others Victim of Anti-Semitic Attack in Rome
by Zach Pontz
Five fans of England’s Premier League soccer team Tottenham Hotspur were injured, one reportedly stabbed, in Rome Wednesday in an apparent anti-Semitic attack.
The fans were in the city for a clash between Tottenham and Rome’s Lazio club. Lazio fans are known for their ultra-nationalist views.
Witnesses said the Lazio fans yelled “Jews” at the Tottenham fans. The club has a large Jewish fan base, with many referring to themselves as the “Yid Army.”
Pictures of the crime scene published by the Daily Mail show a pool of blood on a cobblestone street near the bar and an abandoned switchblade.
The incident took place at The Drunken Ship Pub in Camp Dei Fiori, which has a history of attracting football hooligans. In 2006 three Middlesbrough supporters where stabbed there.
Landlord Marco Manzi told the UK’s Daily Mail of a chaotic scene: “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.”
Bar co-owner Gabriele Cianella was not present when the chaos erupted but was soon made aware of the incident.
The Daily Mail reports he said: “They started throwing stones. They threw pieces of iron at the windows and they were wearing knuckle dusters. After a while they got inside and made all this mess.
“There were Tottenham supporters here to celebrate, they were drinking and singing but quietly, so the situation seemed to be under control, but then these people came aggressively and then after throwing this stuff they got inside and they were looking for these English guys, trying to catch them and they started to throw the chairs and tables.”