The mayor of Rome has branded the Frankfurt followers who went on the rampage in the city this week as “beasts.”
Forward of Frankfurt’s 2-1 win at Lazio in the Europa League, monuments had been broken in and round Piazza del Popolo, the place a gaggle of round 300 followers threw flares and cherry bombs, and so they continued to trigger disruption as they marched down the city’s streets, leaving empty glass beer bottles and refuse scattered over the ground.
Rome’s mayor Virginia Raggi condemned their behaviour on Thursday night, saying she doesn’t need to see hooliganism in the city once more.
“There is a sport of soccer occurring and these hooligans got here down from Germany tonight and so they have considerably looted and devastated areas of our city,” she advised LA7 tv. “I would really like to say this: we welcome soccer followers to Rome with open arms as a result of soccer is a unbelievable sport which might unite folks, however we do not need hooligans anymore.
“Rome shouldn’t be a city the place you possibly can simply go on the rampage and injury issues. These beasts ought to keep at house. We wish the followers, however not the beasts.”
Former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi demanded apologies from Feyenoord when a gaggle of their followers broken historic monuments in Piazza di Spagna in February 2015, and Raggi stated she is sick of tourists displaying no respect for her city, and that every incident is “unhealthy for our picture.”
There have been additional incidents contained in the Stadio Olimpico on Thursday evening with flares and cherry bombs thrown at house followers and police and stewards had to forestall a gaggle of Frankfurt supporters from invading the pitch.