Football: Warsaw fans cause havoc in Eternal City

Football: Warsaw fans cause havoc in Eternal City
Legia Warsaw supporters cheer for their team before their Europa League soccer match against Lazio.

MILAN - Hordes of Legia Warsaw fans caused disruption in Rome, prompting over a dozen arrests in the hours leading up to a Europa League tie against Serie A side Lazio, reports said Thursday.

Police who surrounded the Olympic Stadium were forced into action when dozens of supporters from the Polish first division side tried to break through barriers.

Police made 16 arrests and confiscated a number of dangerous weapons from the visiting team's fans, according to ANSA.

The report said groups of unruly fans had been causing disruption since arriving in the Italian capital on Wednesday evening.

Many gathered in Rome's tourist hotspots throughout the day on Thursday. It was reported that some activated the emergency brake on a train going from Rome to Lido and that others had refused to pay for taxis.

Police were also forced to round up dozens of fans who had congregated at the Colosseum and await a coach to take them to the stadium, while there were other incidents at the city's Piazza Venezia.

ANSA said one fan even managed to mingle with journalists who were interviewing the governor of the region of Lazio, Nicola Zingaretti, and offered him an ice-cream cone.

The city will be on high alert in the lead-up to the weekend's Serie A games when Roma host Lazio in the city derby at the Olympic Stadium.

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