Ultras march descends into violence

Ultras from many Serie A and B clubs, plus representatives of Far-Right political parties, staged a protest in Rome that descended into violence.

The groups came together to protest the on-going lockdown measures and the way that the Italian Government has dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic.

It came just days after another smaller protest from the so-called Gillet Arancioni (Orange Gillet) group, who again were complaining that the country has not yet been completely opened up.

Napoli and Brescia ultras released a statement last night warning they would not be taking part and in fact disassociated themselves from the march.

It went ahead, but descended into violence after a man who identified himself as Simone Carabella, a member of the Roma Curva Sud ultras, gave an interview to television cameras.

“This is absolutely a peaceful demonstration, otherwise I would not be here.”

This prompted a furious response from another protestor, representing the Forza Nuova Far-Right political party, who literally dragged him away to stop the interview.

They then started arguing amongst themselves, before turning their ire on the media and police by throwing bottles, rocks, sticks and fireworks, notes news agency ANSA.

Even before that, there had been Fascist salutes and chants of ‘Duce’ referring to Benito Mussolini.

Roma, Lazio, Cesena, Verona and Varese fans were among those participating.

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