Ugly scenes have marred what should have been a celebration of European football. Manchester United fans were involved in violent clashes before and during last night’s Champions League quarter-final in Rome.
They were involved in a confrontation with riot police began just before halftime as Roma took the lead. Both sets of fans charged towards a segregation fence and Italian police used batons to move Manchester United fans away from the area. During the game, which AS Roma won 2-1, rival supporters threw objects at each other.
At least 18 people were injured in violence surrounding the match, three seriously, all of them English. Several arrests were made. Italy has taken steps to tackle football violence after the death of a policeman in Sicily in February.