Feyenoord fans get community service for Rome riots, one man is jailed

court justice hammerAll but one of 44 Feyenoord football supporters accused of rioting prior to a Europa League football match against AS Roma in February have been given community service terms.

One 21-year-old man accused of throwing fireworks at a police officer was jailed for 18 months, six months suspended. The court found him not guilty of attempted murder but said he should have known his actions could cause injury.

The fans, who range in age from 17 to 41, were identified from video and phone footage and were charged with various offences in connection with the riots.

The majority were sentenced to between 150 and 220 of community service. Several were given suspended jail terms.

However, none were charged with damaging the Barcaccia fountain because of a lack of evidence and camera footage. Experts said at the time it had been hit by over 100 beer bottles and put the damage at over €1m.

Just one of the men was in court to hear the verdicts, news agency ANP says.

One man, named by RTL news as Arjan, was given 150 hours community service for ‘throwing a piece of plastic’. He described the trial as a ‘big puppet show’ designed to appease the Italians.

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