Dutch fans clash with Rome police

2015-02-20 11:48
Feyenoord fans in Rome (

Rome - Fans of Dutch side Feyenoord hurled smoke bombs at police in Rome's central Piazza di Spagna and damaged a baroque fountain before Thursday's Europa League game against Roma.

Police reported that clashes with drunken Dutchmen had already taken place late Wednesday near the Campo de' Fiori square, with 23 arrests.

About 20 other fans were arrested Thursday as hundreds gathered in Piazza di Spagna and confronted police, hurling bottles and damaging parked vehicles and dustbins.

Three fans, about 10 policemen and one photographer were reportedly injured.

The Fontana della Barcaccia, or fountain of the old boat, was damaged and was littered with beer cans and bottles. The monument, which was crafted in 1629 by Pietro Bernini and his son Gian Lorenzo, had recently been restored.

"What is happening in these hours in Rome is shameful and intolerable," city hall quoted Rome mayor Ignazio Marino as saying.

"Our capital, so precious and delicate, cannot become the hostage of hooligans who came here to follow their team and are instead causing violence and disorder."

A first group of eight Feyenoord fans involved in the Campo de' Fiori riots were dealt with Thursday, pleading guilty to assaulting police. They were fined $51,200 dollars each and banned from the game. They were expected to wait for their flight at the Rome airport they are to depart from.

Six police were hurt in Wednesday's clashes.

Around 6 000 fans of the Rotterdam club arrived in the Italian capital for the away leg with Roma in the Europa League round of 32.


Read more on:    feyenoord  |  europa league  |  soccer

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Do you think SAFA made the right choice in appointing Stuart Baxter as head coach of Bafana Bafana?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.