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UEFA “deeply shocked” by Roma fans

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UEFA have condemned the AS Roma fans that were involved in a brutal attack that has left a man critically injured

The incident took place at Anfield, during Liverpool’s 5-2 win against Roma for the first leg of their semi-final clash in the Champions League, where a minority group of their own travelling fans left a 53-year-old Irish man critically injured.

Merseyside Police announced two men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, after an altercation between fans before the match, with UEFA condemning the incident.

“UEFA is deeply shocked by the vile attack that occurred ahead of the Liverpool FC v AS Roma match and our thoughts are with the victim and his family.” read the UEFA statement (via Goal).

“The perpetrators of this ignominious attack have no place in and around football and we trust they will be dealt with utmost severity by the authorities.
“UEFA is waiting to receive full reports before deciding on potential disciplinary charges.”

Liverpool said in a statement they would “continue to work closely with the relevant authorities to establish an understanding of the facts” in the wake of the “serious and disturbing incident”.

The club added: “The club’s first priority is the safety of all fans attending matches.

“Supporters attending a game should never be subjected to an environment of violence or attack.

“Liverpool would like to thank the emergency services and members of its own supporter base who offered care and treatment to the stricken victim in the immediate aftermath.”