Italy’s premier wants apology for Feyenoord hooliganism

Feyenoord fans clash with police at the Spanish Steps prior to the start of the Europa League soccer match between Roma and Feyenoord in RomeItaly’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has called on Rotterdam football club to apologise after fans went on the rampage in Rome ahead of the Europa League match against AS Roma.

Describing the fans’ actions as ‘barbaric’, Renzi told Italian television ‘the only press release Feyenoord should now issue has five letters – ‘scusa’. They have to start by apologising instead of defending these louts,’ news agency ANP reports.

The Dutch ambassador in Italy has already said the Italian authorities can count on the full cooperation of the Dutch to ensure those responsible for rioting are punished, Renzi is quoted as saying.

On Wednesday night, 33 supporters aged 20 to 28 were arrested for public drunkenness and throwing bottles at the police. They are also said to have urinated against monuments.

Ten were released and 19 have gone through fast-track trials. They were given suspended jail sentences of up to 16 months and fines of up to €45,000 each, Italian news agency ANSA said.

There was further trouble and arrests close to the Spanish Steps on Thursday evening before the match, which ended in a 1-1 draw.


Feyenoord director Eric Gudde told Nos television on Thursday night the behaviour of some Feyenoord supporters was ‘completely disgraceful’.

‘Let us be clear about this,’ he said. ‘All Feyenoord fans should distance themselves from what happened in Rome. If you visit a city, you should leave it as you find it.’

Gudde also pointed out that registered fans who were in the stadium behaved well.

‘We are responsible for fans in the away section… but we have also heard that some 600 Feyenoord supporters without official tickets were also in the stadium. Were they the ones responsible for the riots and trouble or our registered ones? I don’t have the facts so it is hard to say.’

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