Soccer ultras sent to prison for attacks on British fans
Tottenham fans seriously assaulted in Rome's Campo de'Fiori29 October, 15:32
Mauro Pinnelli was sentenced to five years and six months while Francesco Ianari was ordered to serve 4 years and 6 months for what police called a premeditated assault in November 2012.
One of the victims required surgery after he suffered damage to an artery when he was stabbed in the thigh and haemorrhaged.
Reports at the time described how the Roma and Lazio fans, wearing masks, threw gas into a pub where they knew the English fans were gathered, in order to stun their victims.
In all, 13 people were injured in the attack that police, using DNA to track suspects, said involved as many as 50 armed and masked men.
Anti-Semitism was cited as one of the possible motives behind the attack as one day later, some Lazio fans aimed anti-Semitic chants at Tottenham Hotspur supporters and displayed a pro-Palestinian banner during a Europa League match.
The Spurs are traditionally considered to have a strong Jewish element in their fan base and followers continue to be proud of that history.