Violent clashes erupted, Tuesday, in Tirana (Albania) on the eve of the final match of the European League conference between the Italians from Rome and Feyenoord Rotterdam of the Netherlands, Albanian police said.
The return leg of the Europa League semi-final was marked by events in Marseille between OM and Feyenoord fans, and it is clear that the Dutch decided to bring it back to Albania.
Violent clashes erupted on Tuesday in Tirana on the eve of the C4 final between Roma and FC Rotterdam (Wednesday 9pm), Albanian police said.
Eight men arrested for beating Albania
Dutch supporters attacked a man with a knife and injured six police officers. Police added that eight of them were arrested for beating an Albanian who had to be taken to hospital. A group of about 200 Feyenoord supporters clashed with police as they attempted to reach an area where AS Roma supporters were.
“Six police officers were hit with stones and sticks in the Dutch fan zone in front of the police station,” a police spokesman told AFP. An AFP journalist indicated that there were clashes between the two teams’ supporters in at least three places in the Albanian capital.
And while the capacity of the national stadium in which the match will be held on Wednesday is only 21,000, no less than 100,000 fans went to Tirana. Authorities said they will be separated and will have to watch the match on giant screens. About 2,000 police were mobilized to ensure the security of the event.