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Man in critical condition from Liverpool-Roma pre-match assault

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Two men from Rome have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was left in a critical condition when he was attacked before Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final match against Roma.

Police and paramedics were called to the Albert pub shortly before the first leg match kicked off, where they found the victim, believed to be a 53-year-old man from Ireland, who had suffered a head injury.

Merseyside police said the men arrested were aged 25 and 26 and one of them was apprehended inside the ground. They were among nine men, aged between 20 and 43 years, arrested on suspicion of various offences, including affray, actual bodily harm and possession of offensive weapons, among others.

Officers appealed for witnesses of the incident in which the 53-year-old was injured to come forward. They said forensic examination had been carried out at the scene and CCTV footage from the area would be reviewed. Police believed that the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the match.

“Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground. Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton Neurological Centre, where he is being treated for a head injury. His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed.”

“The place where this incident occurred is right by the ground and was heaving with fans making their way to the game. I would appeal to anyone who has any information, or mobile phone footage of the incident to contact us urgently, as information they have could be vital to our investigation.”

Such video footage does appear to exist, with clips posted to Twitter showing clashes between supporters with ambulances in attendance, and suggestions that a group of Roma fans had used belts as weapons.

AC Milan shows support to Gianluigi Donnarumma amidst fan abuse

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AC Milan say they “know where the evil comes from” as they show support to Gianluigi Donnarumma, who was left in tears by abusive fan amidst reports that he wants to leave.

Donnarumma, 18, had looked likely to leave Milan after turning down a new deal in June, but then extended his contract until 2021.

However, a number of papers published the story that the Italian wanted the deal he agreed in July cancelled, as it was signed under “psychological pressure”.

In response, fans unfurled a banner during the Coppa Italia win over Verona on Wednesday saying they had “lost patience”.

AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli said they will protect Donnarumma, but that there is “someone who is damaging our image”, adding that the club have not met Donnarumma’s agent, Mino Raiola and there was “nothing else to say”

“I think that one day he [Donnarumma] will realise what’s good and bad,” said Mirabelli, who asked fans to “whistle our opponents, not our players.”

“Gigio has never said he wants to leave. There’s someone who is trying to organise something deliberately, but we will look out for Milan’s interests in every arena.”

“Gigio is very young. It’s not entirely his fault. We’ll always protect him, he’s our asset. We know where the evil comes from, we hope to solve this issue over the next few months.”

Club coach Gennaro Gattuso had also backed his player, adding: “He’s not how some people depict him. His team-mates are backing him too, he’s a very humble guy.”

Donnarumma had broke into the first team in AC Milan as a 16-year-old teenager, and have since featured more than 80 times in Serie A for the team and won four caps for Italy.

Fans hid in toilet in bid to watch United-Arsenal game

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Two Manchester United fans spent Friday night undetected in an Old Trafford toilet in an attempt to see Saturday’s Premier League game against Arsenal.

The supporters, who did not have tickets for the match, entered with a stadium tour but managed to cut themselves off from the remainder of the party.

They were found on Saturday morning during a security sweep of the stadium before being handed over to police, who later decided not to arrest the pair.

United say there was no risk to supporters attending the Arsenal game; the pair had already been searched and their belongings put through a metal detector before they went on the tour.

“We realise people will go to any lengths to watch a game at Old Trafford but these people went too far,” a spokesman for the club had said on the issue.

“(But) The fact that they and their belongings had been searched before entry means we are confident there was no risk to safety.”

This incident comes six months after United’s Premier League game against Bournemouth at Old Trafford had to be called off at short notice when a suspicious package was found in a toilet in the corner of the stadium.

It turned out to be a fake explosive left behind after a security drill held earlier in the week.

Bayern fans scuffle leads to arrests, leaves many injured

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Fans were made to wait before the game.

Impatient Bayern Munich fans allegedly left many injured, some seriously when they attempted to storm Schalke’s stadium on Saturday.

The scuffle, branded as an “extremely violent attack” by police took place as access to the stadium had been severely delayed because of body searches at the gates in the aftermath of last week’s attack on the Stade de France in Paris.

Fans had been advised to arrive earlier for the game because of the increased measures.

Gelsenkirchen police say in a statement “only a swift and consequent intervention by police forces prevented worse. Several dozen from this violent group of people are being held.”

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club distances itself “in every form from these so-called supporters of our club.”

Rummenigge adds “violence cannot and should not ever be tolerated. It’s absolutely inexplicable to me and to all of us how someone, especially now after the terrible events in Paris, can be so lacking in respect for society and football.”

Rummenigge also apologised to Schalke and the victims.

Bayern Munich defeated Schalke 3-1 during their visit on Sunday as they progressed unchallenged on top of the Bundesliga.

Supporters of second-division Bochum were also involved in the rioting, police said.

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