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Europa Conference League final: Police injured as Roma and Feyenoord fans clash in Albania

Arena Kombetare
Arena Kombetare will host Wednesday’s Europa Conference League final

Nineteen police officers were injured as supporters clashed in the build-up to the Europa Conference League final.

Italian club Roma take on Dutch side Feyenoord in Albania’s capital Tirana on Wednesday.

Fans wielded glass bottles, sticks, stones and other objects as local police tried to break up trouble on Tuesday.

“In the early hours of this morning we deported – via the sea port of Durres – 80 Italian hooligan fans,” police said.

“As a result of violence against police from the fans of both teams, we have 19 officers injured and one of them is injured with a knife,” said deputy general director of Albanian police Albert Dervishi.

Local police had earlier said that 60 individuals – 48 Italian and 12 Dutch – had been “taken to the station” as a result of the trouble, and that 10 Albanian, Italian and Dutch nationals had been treated for injuries in hospital.

Wednesday’s final – the climax of the first ever Europa Conference League campaign – will be played at Arena Kombetare, which holds 21,690.

Roma manager Jose Mourinho has said his club’s fans “would have filled” Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, which has a capacity of 81,044.

Roma and Feyenoord supporters are expected to watch the match in two fan zones and police said they have taken measures to prevent outbreaks of violence.

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