Soccer: Italian Fed apologies to English FA for Spurs attack

'Unspeakable racist, anti-Semitic' attack, says Abete

Soccer: Italian Fed apologies to English FA for Spurs attack

(see related stories) Rome, November 23 - Italian Soccer Federation President Giancarlo Abete on Friday wrote to the chairman of the English Football Association David Bernstein to apologise for Thursday's attack on a group of Tottenham Hotspur fans in Rome. Anti-Semitism is suspected to have been behind the vicious attack, in which one fan was seriously hurt after being stabbed in the leg and suffering injuries to an artery. 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. Abete described the incident as an "unspeakable attack that damages the image of our football" adding that it was the result of "racist, anti-Semitic madness". Two AS Roma supporters have been arrested for alleged involvement in the raid, which was a possibly carried out by extremist fans of more than one Italian club. The Spurs fans were in Rome for Thursday's Europa League match against Lazio. Lazio fans chanted "Juden Tottenham, Juden Tottenham" during the 0-0 draw.

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