Fans of Dutch soccer team Feyenoord clash with Italian police ahead of a match with AS Roma. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Twenty-three Feyenoord fans were arrested in Rome and 19 charged after violence broke out before the Dutch team's Europa League match with AS Roma on Thursday (February 19), prompting an outcry over damage to the city's monuments. Drunk fans damaged buildings and threw bottles at riot police on Wednesday (February 18) night before hundreds clashed with police at the Spanish Steps on Thursday before the game. Police fired tear gas and tangled with fans, who left the square's Baroque fountain full of empty beer bottles. Italian police said they arrested six Dutch nationals on Wednesday night and confiscated truncheons and broken bottles. Judicial sources said a further 17 people were arrested on Thursday, and magistrates will deal with the four not yet charged next week. City government officials said Feyenoord should make a public apology and pay for the damage caused to the city by its fans, adding that repairs to the fountain at the bottom of the Spanish Steps would be costly.