A court in Rome has sentenced six Feyenoord supporters to prison terms of up to four years for their part in a riot ahead of the Europa League game against AS Roma in 2015, Italian press agency Askanews reports.
The six, none of whom were in court, were accused of incitement to violence, public violence and resisting officers.
The men, ‘are not interested in the trial,’ lawyer Giovanni Ferrari, who represents one of the men, told the AD. ‘I sent my client a letter but never received an answer.’ The six supporters were also told by the Italian court to pay a €3,000 fine.
Ferrari told the paper he believed the six men had been used as scapegoats. ‘The proof against them is not very convincing and witnesses contradict each other. The men will appeal,’ he said.
If the sentence is upheld the men will be allowed to serve their sentence in a Dutch prison.
At the end of 2015, 44 supporters appeared in a Dutch court for going on a rampage in which police officers were injured and historical buildings damaged, including the 17th century Barcaccia fountain near the Spanish Steps.
One man was given a custodial sentence of 18 months for throwing a fireworks bomb at Italian police officers while the remaining 43 were given community sentences.
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