TIRANA (ALBANIA) – It is an incandescent atmosphere that reigns in Tirana a few hours before the kick-off of the Conference League final between Rome and Feyenoord. Many clashes between the two fans and with the police. In fact, the number of people arrested so far rises to 60, 48 of whom are Italians who, according to what is known by the Albanian authorities, will be immediately repatriated. The number of injured is also increasing, 30: 20 are law enforcement officers, three Italians, four Dutch and three Albanians. All, it was specified, were discharged from hospitals after receiving adequate treatment from medical staff. It was a real urban guerrilla night’s eve, in short, with clashes mainly between Dutch fans and police officers: nine were even taken to hospital where they were injured.
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In one of these quarrels a 45-year-old Albanian was seriously injured in the head and taken to hospital, inside the fan zone that housed a group of ultras from Feyenoord. The injured person has been hospitalized but is not in danger of life. According to the owner of the bar where the fight took place, during the clashes with the Dutch a friend would accidentally hit him with a chair. Nine Feyenoord fans were taken to the police station for investigation. The owner of the Dorgen Bar, where the fight took place, says: “It all began when the man who was then beaten, to provoke the Dutch fans, began to praise the Giallorossi team, shouting ‘Rome, Rome’. Despite the attempts of our staff to placate the spirits, a fight was born between three Albanians, including the provocateur, and the Dutch fans. To have the worst were the first. A curiosity: it was not a Dutchman who gave the chair that knocked out the man, but a friend of him, Albanian like him, who made a mistake in the excitement “.
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The balance of the clashes
But that’s not all, because the Feyenoord fans have not calmed down, heading with sticks towards the stadium area. The police confirmed that there were “three cases of incidents”, in two of which there were clashes, based on beating and stone-throwing, between law enforcement officers and supporters from Holland. Other incidents occurred in one of the nightlife areas of Tirana, a few hundred meters from the government headquarters, in via Mustafa Matohiti, under the house of the president of the Democratic Party, Sali Berisha, manned by agents. About 200 Dutch hooligans confronted the police, using clubs and throwing stones at the officers, two of whom were injured. Other incidents between Feyenoord agents and ultras took place near the central police headquarters in Tirana, in one of the central areas of the capital. The special units of the law enforcement agencies also intervened and rejected the Dutch supporters who headed towards Scanderbeg square, in the center of Tirana. A police car was left with shattered glass. As the hours passed, the Italians also entered the scene, throwing stones that caused damage to cars. Two Italians, presumably Roma fans, ended up in hospital after being involved in clashes with the police in Tirana. One suffered injuries to the face, the other from trauma to the head. “At least 15 other supporters” of the Giallorossi team, according to a spokesman for the police, would have been “accompanied” to a police station.
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