Jewish chief, Rome prefect spar over attack on Spurs fans

'Rome isn't Tel Aviv' says city official

Jewish chief, Rome prefect spar over attack on Spurs fans

Rome, November 23 - Rome Prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro hit back on Friday after the leader of the city's Jewish community said Thursday's brutal attack on a group of Tottenham Hotspur fans showed the Italian capital was as dangerous as conflict-hit Israel. "If it's possible to attack 50 Tottenham fans in (the central) Campo de' Fiori square, it means Rome is no less dangerous than Tel Aviv," said Riccardo Pacifici, the president of Rome's Jewish Community. The attack, in which one Tottenham fan was seriously injured after being stabbed in the leg, has been linked to anti-Semitisim. Tottenham followers lay claim to a Jewish identity even though the London side's fan base is made up of people from various ethnic and religious backgrounds. "Rome is not Tel Aviv," said Pecoraro. "I call for respect for the police from everyone, starting with the Jewish community. "I don't accept provocation. Rome is a safe city. I don't think missiles are raining down from the sky".

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