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Soccer: Stabbed Spurs fan says will return to Rome

'There are crazy people all over the world,' says Mills

Soccer: Stabbed Spurs fan says will return to Rome

Rome, December 4 - The English soccer fan who was stabbed and seriously injured in a brutal attack on a group of Tottenham Hotspur supporters in a Rome pub last month has said he will return to the Italian capital. Anti-Semitism is suspected to have been behind the attack, in which Spurs fan Ashley Mills was stabbed in the head and 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. "I can't remember anything about that night," Mills, a 25-year-old builder, told reporters after leaving Rome's San Camillo in a wheelchair on Monday. "I don't have anything to say to the assailants. There are crazy people all over the world. I'll come back to Italy and to Rome". However, Mills added that his fellow Spurs supporters may be less inclined to return. "My friends were attacked too," he said. "They came to visit me in hospital but they were afraid to walk around Rome". Italian Soccer Federation President Giancarlo Abete wrote to the chairman of the English Football Association David Bernstein to apologise for the attack on the night before a Europa League match between Spurs and Lazio. 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 charged have charged with alleged involvement in the raid, which was a possibly carried out by extremist fans of more than one Italian club. They have been banned from attending football matches for five years. Some fans of Lazio, who have extreme right elements among their supporters, chanted "Juden Tottenham, Juden Tottenham" during the 0-0 draw. "If the tests keep going well, I'll start playing five-a-side football again in a month," added Mills.

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