UEFA CL: Italian police on red alert for Chelsea v Roma - FCNaija

Champions League By: Ambrose Udeme | 31/10/2017

Italian police are said to be on red alert for Chelsea’s UEFA Champions League clash against Roma as extra officers have been drafted in from across the capital for the high-risk game.

Over 2,000 Blues fans are expected to be in Rome for Tuesday's clash, with officials fearing there could be up to 200 potential hooligans to link-up with Lazio ultras.

There are fears Chelsea fans will unite with their Lazio counterparts so they can ambush Roma fans heading to the match, according to SunSports.

Earlier this month there was trouble in and around Kensington, West London, after Roma supporters at the match at Stamford Bridge clashed with police forcing shoppers to take cover.

Rome has been the scene of various disturbances with English fans from Middlesbrough and Manchester United being targeted in the past - the most serious clash was in 2007 when dozens of United fans were hurt in clashes. While in 2012 several Tottenham fans were stabbed by Lazio fans during a Europa League match.

A Rome police source said:''We have held meetings with representatives from the Metropolitan Police, the British Embassy and Roma football club. We are prepared for everything and this will be a highly sensitive week for us with fans from Britain and the France coming this week as Nice play Lazio on Thursday.

''We will have a high number of officers on duty for the match and we will not tolerate excessive drinking or violent behaviour." said the Police source as quoted in The Sun

Cops will be patrolling the city's two airports, the main railway station and main squares with bar owners being asked to keep an eye out for drunken fans.