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Ajax fans clash with 'pitchfork' protesters in Milan

Soccer 'ultras' in movement causing widespread disruption

11 December, 14:43
Ajax fans clash with 'pitchfork' protesters in Milan (see related stories) (ANSA) - Milan, December 11 - Supporters of Dutch club Ajax clashed with protesters belonging to the Pitchfork (Forconi) Movement here on Wednesday ahead of their side's Champions League match against AC Milan later in the day.

Hardcore Italian 'ultra' soccer fans are among a variety of disenchanted groups taking part in the anti-tax, anti-government Pitchfork protests, which are in their third day and have caused widespread disruption.

The clashes occurred after around 20 Ajax fans got off a bus that had been held up by the protesters and started to insult them. Police intervened to break up the fighting and took note of the identities of around 10 of the Ajax fans. No one was badly hurt in the scuffles.

Milan need a draw in their last group-stage game on Wednesday to be sure of reaching the knockout round of the Champions League.

The seven-time European champions are second in Group H, two points behind leaders Barcelona and one point ahead of third-placed Ajax.