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Tottenham fan Ashley Mills leaves hospital two weeks after anti-semitic attack in Rome

Pictured: The horrific injuries suffered by Tottenham fan Ashley Mills in brutal anti-semitic attack in Rome

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17:55 GMT, 3 December 2012

This is the first shocking image of the head injuries suffered by Tottenham Hotspur fan Ashley Mills in a bloody, apparently anti-semitic attack by hooligans in Rome last month.

Mr Mills, 25, was released from the San Camillo hospital today after receiving treatment for a head injury and a potentially fatal knife wound to his groin.

He was caught up in a brutal raid by hardcore Lazio and Roma fans on The Drunken Ship pub in the heart of the Italian capital on the eve of Tottenham's Europa League match on November 22.

Ghastly: The head injury suffered by Tottenham supporter Ashley Mills, 25, in an attack by Lazio hooligans before the side's Europa League match in Rome a fortnight ago

Ghastly: The head injury suffered by Tottenham supporter Ashley Mills, 25, in an attack by Lazio hooligans before the side's Europa League match in Rome a fortnight ago

Discharged: Mr Mills left the San Camillo hospital in a wheelchair today. He is pictured here with Dr Piergiorgio Cao (left) and Hospital General Director Aldo Morrone (right)

Discharged: Mr Mills left the San Camillo hospital in a wheelchair today. He is pictured here with Dr Piergiorgio Cao (left) and Hospital General Director Aldo Morrone (right)

As he left the hospital in a
wheelchair today, Mr Mills would not comment on the attack in the Campo
de'Fiori square, saying: 'I don't really want to talk about it… My leg
is getting a lot better now and that's the main thing.'

Dr Piergiorgio Cao said his femoral
artery had been gashed and he risked losing his life had he not been
operated on immediately.

Mr Mills, a builder from Essex, was flying back to London this afternoon.

Trashed: The Drunken Ship pub in the centre of Rome, where 50 masked raiders attacked a group of Tottenham fans armed with belts, clubs and knives

Trashed: The Drunken Ship pub in the centre of Rome, where 50 masked raiders attacked a group of Tottenham fans armed with belts, clubs and knives

Ambush: Ashley Mills was stabbed in the groin

Two Roma supporters involved in the attack have been banned from all football grounds for five years.

Francesco Ianiari, 26, and Mauro
Pinnelli, 25, were arrested within ours of the raid on The Drunken Ship,
which left three Spurs fans seriously injured.

Both Ianiari and Pinnelli were charged with aggravated assault after an initial charge of attempted murder was dropped.

Around 50 masked men armed with
knives, clubs, belts and sticks raided the bar, a popular meeting point
for visiting fans, and were said to have chanted anti-semitic slogans
against the Spurs fans during the ten minute raid.

It is believed Lazio and Roma fans put aside their traditional differences to attack the Britons.

Lazio president Claudio Lotito denied his side's fans were racist and said the attack was purely 'football related.'

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

Hospital visit: Lazio president Claudio Lotito (centre) leaves the San Camillo Hospital after visiting Mills

He visited Mr Mills in hospital and presented him with a Lazio shirt with his name on.

The match, at the Stadio Olimpico, finished goalless.

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke fans fight

Germany latest to be shamed with 200 arrested at Dortmund and Schalke derby

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UPDATED:

22:36 GMT, 20 October 2012

Around 200 people were arrested as ugly scenes marred the 141st Revier derby between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke on Saturday.

Despite repeated appeals by both clubs for their fans to behave during the week, violent skirmishes were reported in the build-up to a game which Schalke won 2-1 in Dortmund.

This comes after some high profile recent supporter incidents, including Serbian fans racially abusing England U21 players and a Leeds fan smacking Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland in the face.

Confrontation: Dortmund fans face riot police before the game

Confrontation: Dortmund fans face riot police before the game

According to local police reports, a restaurant was gutted by Dortmund followers 'with furniture ripped apart and used as missiles against opposition fans and police'.

One police car was damaged as mounted police, riot police and agents with dogs were brought in to keep the spectators apart.

Flare up: Smoke fills the stadium

Flare up: Smoke fills the stadium

Flare

Hours before the game kicked off at
15.30 local time, followers of both clubs attacked police who tried to
segregate them in the Westphalian city and water cannons and tear gas
had to be deployed to keep them at a safe distance.

Mounted police were 'attacked by Dortmund hooligans with cobble stones', according to a police report.

The first reports of trouble were circulated almost three hours before kick-off when 'a group of around 100 masked Schalke fans left the underground station and went on the rampage, lighting flares on their way towards the stadium'.

'This has nothing to do with football supporters and we don't want to see them in Dortmund,' said the Dortmund police chief director Dieter Keil.

Face off: Fans stand before the police

Face off: Fans stand before the police

There was further trouble inside the Westfalenstadion with Schalke fans lighting flares and displaying offensive banners, despite bans on such material.

The culprits were all caught on video, however, and will be prosecuted, according to the police statement.

Victory: Schalke celebrate their win

Victory: Schalke celebrate their win

The majority of those arrested were Schalke followers, with the police suspecting the clashes had been organised by the rival groups.

Disturbances were kept to a minimum after the game with the police successfully able to keep both sets of fans apart.

It might have been you on that day at Hillsborough – Des Kelly

Forget the badge… it might have been you on that tragic day at Hillsborough

By
Des Kelly

PUBLISHED:

21:57 GMT, 14 September 2012

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 14 September 2012

It has taken 23 years to blow apart the most cynical, sickeningly orchestrated cover-up by this country's Establishment since the Second World War.

It has taken 23 years to demonstrate once and for all that 96 people did not die behind metal fences at a football match because they behaved like animals, or wild thugs, or drunken hooligans.

It has taken 23 years to confirm Hillsborough was a grand conspiracy involving incompetent police chiefs, rank and file officers, sections of a compliant media, politicians, members of the Civil Service and, quite possibly, even a former Prime Minister.

Respect: Liverpool players and fans observe a minutes silence on the 23rd anniversary of Hillsborough

Respect: Liverpool players and fans observe a minutes silence on the 23rd anniversary of Hillsborough

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It has taken 23 years for the people of Liverpool to hear confirmation of what they saw with their own eyes. That 164 officers' statements were tampered with. That the dead, including children, were tested for alcohol. That criminal-record checks were carried out on the deceased in the hope of finding incriminating 'evidence' to support a series of calculated smears.

It has taken 23 years to hear the Government admit 41 of the 96 people killed that day could have been saved if the police and emergency services had not made a series of incredible blunders.

That loss of life was abominable, but then to try to disguise the causes, maliciously discredit the grieving families, trash a city, a people and an entire country of football supporters in the process is inhuman beyond belief. It makes you despair for the realities of democracy and governance in this land.

Remember amid all the apologies and official crocodile tears that 'The Truth' sat in a locked filing cabinet for 23 years, hidden from view. Remember, too, that none of this would have come to light, even now, were it not for the determination, righteous anger and resolute desire for justice from the families of victims and Hillsborough campaigners.

Now, we look back and wonder how it was ever allowed We marvel at how far the game has come. But in eight days there is an opportunity to take another step forward.

In eight days, there is a chance to salvage a sliver of humanity from the wreckage of that day when Liverpool face Manchester United at Anfield.

Next Sunday a global audience of half a billion people, from Sydney to Sao Paulo, from Seattle to Shanghai, will tune in for the most highly-charged club game of the season. Typically, the match also happens to be a TV sound engineer’s nightmare as the crowd exchanges their horrible insults.

A United contingent chant about the Hillsborough Disaster. A section of Liverpool supporters have their own vile ditty, mocking the Munich Air Crash.

It’s a depressing cycle of hatred and nothing more than a public celebration of death. One side justifies their evil chorus by pointing at the other, saying: 'they do it, so we do it back'. The same warped logic is in play with the bile aimed at Patrice Evra and Luis Suarez by the opposing camps.

But the English game has an opportunity to display some inherent decency here, it has a chance to make another tiny, but significant change.

Tragedy: The fate which befell the Liverpool fans could have easily been another English team

Tragedy: The fate which befell the Liverpool fans could have easily been another English team

Tragedy: The fate which befell the Liverpool fans could have easily been another English team

As Sir Matt Busby’s family, Sir Bobby Charlton, Sir Alex Ferguson, Brendan Rodgers, Robbie Fowler, and countless other figures from Old Trafford and Anfield have said, 'it's time to stop the abuse'.

Many of the United fans forget it could easily have been supporters of their club at Hillsborough that day. Had United beaten Nottingham Forest in the quarter-final, they would have faced Liverpool in Sheffield. They might have been in the Leppings Lane stand. They might have arrived early with their children. They might have paid for their good timekeeping by watching the breath crushed out of them.

That’s how easy it is to empathise with others who have suffered loss. Look past the badge on the shirt. Imagine it could have been your family, your friends, your club colours there that day, then try to laugh at your 'harmless song'.

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In April, I was ashamed to be proved right on this page when I said Chelsea fans were preparing to boo the minute’s silence held in memory of the Hillsborough dead at the FA Cup semi-final.

Others bristled at recent comparisons between football's enduring hostility and the Olympic crowds. Apparently, football fans hurl abuse because they 'care more', as if that was ever an excuse. Are we to accept people chanting about Heysel, the Bradford fire, the Holocaust, or paedophilia, because they ‘care’

In eight days, football has a moment to recover its decent heart; to prove more has changed in 23 years than the introduction of seats, prawn sandwiches in the executive lounge and an absence of cages. It can show attitudes have changed, too.

Of course, nobody was ever killed by a vile word or a disgusting song. On a sunny day in Sheffield they were killed by bad policing and by metal fences. But it won’t kill anybody to show respect for the dead this weekend, either. Or in eight days. Or 23 years after that, too.

Let football do the talking: Rooney was the hero for United when the two teams met last February

Let football do the talking: Rooney was the hero for United when the two teams met last February

A new job for Tyson

Mike Tyson has conquered most things in a turbulent life, with the exception of the letter 'S'.

Now the former undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, convicted rapist, ear–biter, tattooist’s doodle pad and surprisingly misunderstood human being says he wants to 'sing and dance in musicals'.

Iron Mike certainly has a thespian streak. He played an amusing cameo role in the movie The Hangover. He has also tackled comedy sketches, such as a spoof of the Oscar-winning The King’s Speech on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the USA.

Tyson played the role of George W Bush’s vocal coach, reciting lines from Hamlet, rolling a Bush lookalike along the floor and performing voice exercises mocking his trademark lisp.

'Eloquenth!' he yells, before telling the bumbling former President he is 'the wortht thtudent in the hithtory of speeching!'

Tyson seems to have come through his destructive, sometimes despicable past, and now he can take a joke — or even be the joke.

The boxer might actually thrive on stage. If Frank Bruno can tread the boards then a pantomime season beckons at the very least. Imagine the fear on hearing Tyson is ‘behind you’ Just so long as his theatrical pretensions don’t extend to Mary Poppins, because A Spoonful of Sugar would be excruciating.

And as for Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious…

Singing and dancing: Tyson's career could be heading in a new direction

Singing and dancing: Tyson's career could be heading in a new direction

Sterling's no senior

Ever wondered why there are constant club versus country conflicts

Having fast-tracked 17-year-old Raheem Sterling into the Liverpool side, manager Brendan Rodgers urged caution on hearing the lad might be called up for the England Under 21 squad.

'I spoke to Trevor Brooking at the FA. In many ways it is right for him to go with the Under 19s,' he said. 'The reality is this is a kid who has made great strides over the last few weeks. Let's stay calm,' said the Anfield boss. Quite.

The FA and manager Roy Hodgson responded to Rodgers’ entirely sensible plea by leaving Sterling out of the Under 21s. And sticking him in the senior squad instead.

The Paralympics cash was money well spent

Apparently it’s bogus to mention that the four years of funding given
to the Team GB Paralympians is equivalent to Wayne Rooney’s salary over
the same period.

Frankly, I’m not massively animated by the scale of Rooney’s wages. He
can play the market for whatever it offers and be judged accordingly.

The point of the contrast was to highlight the Paralympic cheque wasn’t
such an outrageous amount when you consider the wider benefits of
funding the Games.

But one counter-argument offered up was that, unlike the Paralympians,
Rooney is taxed at 50 per cent — so the country is actually millions up
on the deal.

If anyone out there actually believes Rooney is paying the full 50 per
cent tax on his wages and doesn’t have a team of clever accountants
working on ways to reduce or limit his liability, then I’m the Governor
of the Bank of England.

Gold standard: The Paralympics were an enormous success - but Rooney is unlikely to have copped the bill

Gold standard: The Paralympics were an enormous success – but Rooney is unlikely to have copped the bill

Owen's biggest gamble

Never mind Stoke City, Michael Owen took the biggest gamble of his
career when he decided to appear on ITV’s All Star Mr and Mrs.

Only a brave man (brave, in this case, being a euphemism for dumb) would
slap his nuptials on the table for TV. And following cringeworthy
revelations that he had never made a cup of tea or coffee in his life,
or ironed a shirt, he was asked who looked better for their age: was it
him or his delightful wife, Louise

Owen promptly voted for himself, missing the easiest open goal he’s ever had.

Hair raising Rooney

IN a supremely dull autobiography, Wayne Rooney describes what it is
like to be on the end of one of Sir Alex Ferguson’s legendary 'hairdryer' tirades. He says: 'It feels like I’ve put my head in front
of a BaByliss Turbo Power 2200. It’s horrible.'

Does anyone else think Rooney has recently got himself a new hairdryer, for some reason

Euro 2012: England fans to stage Sol Campbell "coffin" protest in Donetsk

We do what we want, Sol! Campbell faces 'coffin' backlash from England fans in Donetsk

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UPDATED:

08:38 GMT, 19 June 2012

Sol Campbell faces a backlash from a section of England fans in Donetsk tonight who will parade a coffin at the Donbass Arena in protest at his Euro 2012 warning.

Former Three Lions defender Campbell, now retired from the game, urged fans not to travel to Ukraine amid fears of racist violence, telling a BBC Panorama documentary that they would 'come back in a coffin'.

Protest: Some England fans will stage an anti-Campbell protest in Donetsk

Protest: Some England fans will stage an anti-Campbell protest in Donetsk

Warning: Ex-England star Campbell

Warning: Ex-England star Campbell

But supporters at a nearby fanzone in the Ukrainian city have slammed the ex-Spurs and Arsenal star's statement as 'ludicrous', insisting they have been warmly welcomed by the co-hosts.

Pete Harper, a black England fan from Sheffield, told The Sun: 'Campbell’s remarks were ludicrous. I’ve had a wonderful reception from the Ukrainian people.'

Anti-Campbell chants and placards were presented at a campsite on the eve of tonight's decisive Group D clash and fans will carry a coffin into the stadium as a further protest.

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However some fans will not wear replica shirts to the game fearing trouble from Ukrainian hooligans.

But coffin organiser Tim Ashwell said: 'We hope thousands of supporters will join us.'

Euro 2012: Russia hooligans threaten Poland

Russian thugs threaten more violence against Polish hooligans in Warsaw

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UPDATED:

20:27 GMT, 15 June 2012

Russian hooligans have threatened to take on their Polish counterparts ahead of Saturday evening’s final Group A games.

Almost 200 people were arrested when violence erupted around a march by Russian fans in Warsaw on Tuesday.

Shameful scenes: Poland and Russia hooligans clashed this week

Shameful scenes: Poland and Russia hooligans clashed this week

A member of a Moscow hooligan group told newspaper Kommersant: 'A few hundred serious guys are going to Warsaw just for the day.'

The source said a fight with Polish ultras would most likely be arranged away from the city centre.

Ricky Burns attacked bottle-throwing thugs

Burns slams bottle-throwing thugs after street attack in home town of Coatbridge

Ricky Burns has taken to Facebook to slam a gang who threw bottles and chased him while he was jogging through his home town of Coatbridge.

The WBO interim lightweight champion also blasted local police who he claims showed little interest in dealing with the incident on Monday night.

The 28-year-old told was confronted by the group near Albion Rovers' Cliftonhill Stadium but wasn't drawn into a confrontation for fear of losing his boxing license.

Attacked: Burns has slammed the hooligans who attacked him

Attacked: Burns has slammed the hooligans who attacked him

Burns wrote on his Facebook account: 'Out jogging tonight and a group decide to shout abuse at u, chuck stuff and chase after you.

'You phone the police and report it and they just drive by 10 mins later. It's a joke. What's Coatbridge coming to’

Burns posted the message at 11pm which drew more than 200 comments from outraged family, including his mum Tracey.

She wrote: 'I am absolutely disgusted, not just at the crowd of hard men that were throwing bottles at my son but at Strathclyde’s 'finest' who don’t seem to care. Time to move out to the countryside, methinks.'

Burns's manager Alex Morrison was equally outraged and questioned why locals would want to cause trouble for the boxer who has done so much good for the area.

He said: 'He has never put a foot wrong and is such a clean-living boy. He has never done anything out of line so he knows what the majority of us think about him.'

Aussie ruled: Burns beat Michael Katsidis in his most recent bout

Aussie ruled: Burns beat Michael Katsidis in his most recent bout