Soccer violence across
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VIOLENCE IS IN THE AIR. So are chairs, smoke and anger. Canadian
hockey sticks and elbows are nothing compared to European
PORTSMOUTH, England (AP) — Police are investigating “large-scale” crowd
violence before and after the Premier League game between south
coast rivals Portsmouth and Southampton.
Eight people were arrested, several injured and one man taken
to a hospital after Portsmouth fans clashed with police following
the 1-0 home win at Fratton Park on Sunday.
Cars were damaged, local shop windows smashed, and coins and other
objects thrown. Approximately 400 police officers, police dogs
and horses were involved in restoring order.
In London, meanwhile, riot police kept rival fans apart at Sunday’s
First Division match between West Ham and Millwall.
The game, won 4-1 by Millwall, ended with police and mounted police
lined up in front of West Ham fans inside the New Den stadium.
Trouble flared when West Ham goalkeeper Stephen Bywater was sent
off in the second half; some 200 Millwall fans then tried to charge
at Millwall supporters.
Two West Ham fans were arrested inside the ground for damaging
toilets and one Millwall fan was arrested for racial abuse.
More than 1,000 police were involved in security for the match
between the two London rivals, described as the biggest security
operation in British soccer history.
ROME (AP) — Police arrested 15 people during clashes with
fans after the Rome soccer derby between Lazio and AS Roma was
suspended following a false rumour that a boy had been killed by
police outside the stadium.
Police spokesman Mario Russo said 153 policemen were injured and
the ANSA news agency reported that 14 fans were hurt during the
night. All of the injured were released from the hospital by Monday
Police reiterated repeatedly that nobody was killed — including
announcements on the Stadio Olimpico public address system during
the Sunday night match.
Roma captain Francesco Totti and Lazio defender Sinisa Mihajlovic,
along with match officials, were questioned by police after midnight
to try and determine what exactly happened and how the rumour started.
As the second half began, most of fans at one end of the stadium — Lazio’s
end — began chanting “murderers” at the police
and demanded that the game be stopped because they claimed police
had run over a boy outside the stadium.
Referee Roberto Rosetti suspended the game for “reasons
of public order,” perhaps fearing an invasion of the field
Outside the stadium, fans set small fires and police in riot gear
battled with unruly fans, who hurled paving stones and flares.