Italian Hooligans Jailed After Rome Assault on Tottenham Fans
Two Italian football hooligans charged with attacking Tottenham fans at a pub in the centre of Rome have been jailed for four and five years, reports the Evening Standard's Tom Kington.
Francesco Ianari, 27, faces four years and five months in jail, while Mauro Pinnelli, 26, was handed a sentence of five years and six months for grievous bodily harm.
The pair were part of a larger group of thugs that left 13 Spurs fans injured and one, Ashley Mills, fighting for his life.
Mills has since made a full recovery, as reported by Adam Shergold in the Daily Mail, and police described the vile assault as “urban guerrilla warfare" according to Kington.
Smoke bombs and tear gas were part of the seemingly planned ambush at the Drunken Ship pub, as visiting supporters were attacked with knives, iron bars and even ripped-off chair legs.
Tottenham were due to face Lazio in a Europa League tie, although both Ianari and Pinnelli are Roma fans, with Ianari previously banned from attending football grounds.
Two Roma Ultras sentenced to five years each today for orchestrating the attack on the #Spurs fans in Rome. Lazio were blamed for that.— Ben Lally (@Lazio_UK) October 28, 2013
Lazio were charged with singing anti-semitic songs during the match—per Nick Squires of the Daily Telegraph—and displayed a provocative "Free Palestine" banner. They had originally been suspected of organising the raid themselves, but supporters of their bitter rivals were also involved that night.
Both clubs have had a history of racist incidents; repeated offences left Lazio recently playing with a stand shut, as reported by BBC Sport, while Roma fans aimed racist chants at Mario Balotelli last season, per The Mirror's Joe Mewis.
Another 10 Italians are still being investigated, as Squires reports, with further punishments still possible.
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