Roma fans arrested for stabbing Spurs supporters remain in jail pending judge's ruling
17:33 GMT, 25 November 2012
A judge has ordered two Roma fans arrested after an attack on Tottenham supporters at a Rome pub to remain in jail pending a decision on whether to formally charge them.
Police had said on Friday that the two were accused of attempted murder, causing injury and causing a fight before the English club's Europa League match against Lazio.
Trashed: Fights broke out in this pub in Rome last week
But attorney Lorenzo Contucci, who is representing one of the men – Francesco Ianari – said the stiffest charge the men faced at a preliminary hearing Sunday was aggravated injury.
He said an anticipated charge of attempted murder, with an aggravating element for the racial character of the attack, 'disappeared.'
Controversy: Lazio fans allegedly taunted Spurs fans during the game
During the brawl early Thursday, witnesses quoted by Italian news reports said the attackers shouted 'Jew' at the Tottenham fans. Tottenham has a large Jewish fan base from north London.