Feyenoord fans banned from Champions League match against Lazio

The Barcaccia Fountain in Rome. Photo: Carlomorino via Wikimedia Commons

Feyenoord fans have been told not to travel to Rome for the club’s Champions League match against Lazio next month.

City officials banned the Rotterdam club’s supporters from matches with Lazio and AS Roma in last year’s Europa League competition to prevent a repeat of the riots in 2015.

After Roma knocked Feyenoord out of that year’s competition fans went on the rampage through the Italian capital, causing €8 million of damage to the Spanish steps and other historic landmarks.

The Barcaccia fountain was hit by more than 100 beer bottles and cost more than €200,000 to repair, while the cost of damage to shops and loss of trade was estimated at €3 million.

Six fans were given jail sentences, some of them suspended, for causing damage, while dozens more were ordered to carry out community service. One man received an 18-month prison sentence for throwing fireworks at a police officer.

Rome city officials said away supporters would not be welcome for the match on November 7. Rotterdam city council has yet to decide whether to admit Lazio fans, whose far-right “ultra” wing has a reputation for hooliganism, for the other group game between the clubs on October 25.

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