Arms seized ahead of Roman Derby

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:39 IST

Police seized about 100 iron bars and batons, several knives, three firebombs and 10 banners with "offensive" slogans before Sunday's Roman Derby.

Arms seized ahead of Roman Derby
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Rome:

Police seized about 100 iron bars and batons, several knives, three firebombs and 10 banners with "offensive" slogans before Sunday's Roman Derby between Lazio and AS Roma. Officials said the arms had been hidden under parked cars and bridges along the Tiber river, near the Stadio Olimpico. The material was seized before kickoff as part of routine police controls on fans, in areas neighbouring the stadium. The police did not disclose contents of the offensive slogans. On Saturday, Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu had said officials would halt the match and abandon it if fans displayed Nazi symbols or anti-Semitic banners, which had been exhibited by Roma fans during a match with Livorno. Sunday's match, which AS Roma won 2-0, was otherwise tranquil with no major disturbances reported. (AP)

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