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Spurs fans knifed: Lazio and Roma fans have been getting away with it for years

by | 23rd, November 2012

ASHLEY Mills, 25, from Brentwood, Essex, was with around 30 other Spurs fans having a drink in Rome’s Drunken Ship pub ahead of Tottenham’s match with Lazio. At around 1am, as many as 50 people masked in motorbike helmets and bandanas attacked. Armed with pepper spray, knives, cobblestones, knuckledusters and staves they set about the drinkers. Nine Tottenham fans, including Ashley’s brother Bradley, 30, who had been coughing blood, and an American bystander were also taken to hospital. Mills was stabbed in the groin. The blade severed his artery. His life was saved by 19-year-old Alberto Di Giovanni.

“When I saw what happened, I went to the bar to help. I told the barman to close the shutters to prevent anyone else coming in. I saw the first body. I called an ambulance because he was not breathing well. He was face down, choking on his blood. I facilitated his breathing and turned him over.Three English guys brought Ashley. They said, ‘Help him.’ His leg was bleeding. I held his head and tried to stop the bleeding. I talked to him to try to stop him going into shock. He did pass out three times. He woke up and swore up at me. I said, ‘Keep it coming…’ ”

Why did it happen?

Photos: Lazio fans; Ashley Mills.

The six Italians arrested are not all Lazio fans. Two support Roma: Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25. Earlier this month Lazio and Roma fans fought. Now they were together. Why?

Lazio president Claudio Lotito said Lazio fans were not responsible. He added: There will be surprises on who is really to blame.”

The city has been marred by football violence before:

1984 Liverpool fans are attacked with knives after match with Roma
1997 England fan stabbed before match with Italy
2000 Leeds United fan stabbed before game with Roma. Two Arsenal supporters knived before Lazio match
2001 Liverpool supporters attacked
2006 Three Middlesbrough supporters knifed before match with Roma
2007 Manchester United fans stabbed

Rome is home to violent football hooligans.They keep doing it. They keep getting way with it.

But others sense more than just hooliganism. Spurs have a big Jewish following. Lazio was Benito Mussolini’s team. Gianni

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