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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Two charged following 'ambush' on Spurs fans

James Cann, Paul Hirst and John Fahey

Published 24/11/2012|05:00

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THE English football fan stabbed by Italian thugs in an apparently anti-semitic ambush said his attackers "came out of nowhere".

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Ashley Mills (25) was enjoying a drink with fellow Tottenham Hotspur fans at a bar in Campo de Fiore, in central Rome, when up to 50 masked thugs launched their assault.

Mr Mills was stabbed in the leg and head and at least 10 other Spurs fans and bystanders were injured as the hooligans – known as 'Ultras' – stormed the Drunken Ship pub.

Mr Mills, who is being treated in hospital, said: "They came out of nowhere. I didn't see the guy who stabbed me. There were too many of them."

The attack happened as Spurs fans prepared to watch their team play Lazio in the Europa League.

Initial reports suggested Lazio fans were exclusively to blame for the assault, which was apparently launched with abuse about the English team's historical Jewish roots.

However, two fans from the city's other Serie A club, Roma, have been charged with attempted murder.

Francesco Ianari (26) and Mauro Pinnelli (25) will appear in court today.

Irish Independent

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