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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nazis attack British soccer fans in Rome

If you think there are no more Nazis in this world, think again. A Nazi gang burst into a Rome pub shouting anti-Jewish slogans and stabbed a British soccer fan on Wednesday night.
A 100-strong gang of well-drilled, heavily armed yobs yelling anti-Jewish chants stormed a Rome pub where Ashley Mills, 25, was drinking with Spurs pals.
The fascist thugs, known as Ultras, ruthlessly targeted Spurs because of their historic Jewish links, police feared last night.
Ashley was stabbed and nine others injured when hooligans armed with knives, clubs, knuckle-dusters, rocks and tear gas struck the bar.
Two men have been charged with attempted murder after English football fans were attacked in Rome, police said today.
Officers said two Roma fans - Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25 - were had been charged.
Witnesses said they heard cries of “Jews” during the pre-planned attack on Tottenham supporters ahead of last night’s Europa League game against Lazio.
Lazio louts inside their stadium chanted “Juden Tottenham” — using the German word for Jew — during the 0-0 draw. A banner proclaiming “Free Palestine” was unfurled.
And it emerged the first two suspects arrested were fans of the city’s other big team, Roma — stoking suspicions the gang was a mix of far-right extremists.
Read the whole thing and look at the gruesome pictures.

I have a non-Jewish colleague from New York who moved to London with whom I have gotten together a couple of times over the years.  He told me that he went to one British soccer game when he first moved to England and decided never again. He said it was too dangerous. I'm inclined to agree. Fortunately for him, the NFL now comes to London once a year.

I shudder to think what it's like when Israelis play there (although most of the trouble I can recall over the last few years has involved Turkey).

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