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Sunday 27 May 2018

Roma condemn rioting fans

Patrol: The scene outside Anfield before Tuesday evening’s clash between Liverpool and Roma
Patrol: The scene outside Anfield before Tuesday evening’s clash between Liverpool and Roma

Roma have joined those condemning the "abhorrent behaviour" by a group of their fans before Tuesday's Champions League semi-final in Liverpool that has left a home fan in critical condition.

Merseyside Police have arrested two men from Rome, aged 25 and 26, on suspicion of attempted murder after a 53-year-old Liverpool fan was attacked outside Anfield shortly before kick-off.

The man, believed to be from Ireland, was at the game with his brother and is now being treated at Walton Neurological Centre, police have said.

In a statement issued on the Italian club's website and social media channels, Roma said: "AS Roma condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent behaviour of a small minority of travelling fans who brought shame on the club and the vast majority of Roma's well-behaved supporters at Anfield after getting involved in clashes with Liverpool supporters before last night's fixture.

"There is no place for this type of vile behaviour in football and the club is now cooperating with Liverpool Football Club, UEFA and the authorities.

"The club's thoughts and prayers are with the 53-year-old Liverpool fan in hospital and his family at this time."

This followed an earlier statement by UEFA that said it was "deeply shocked by the vile attack" and its thoughts were also with the victim and his family.

It added: "The perpetrators of this ignominious attack have no place in and around football and we trust they will be dealt with the utmost severity by the authorities.

"UEFA is waiting to receive full reports before deciding on potential disciplinary charges."

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