Trouble ahead of Champions League Final
28 May 2009 07:45
Tonight (May 27th) sees the Champions League Final take place in Rome's Stadio Olympico, with stories of problems between fans already surfacing.
England's Manchester United take on Spain's Barcelona in European club football's premier event and fans from both countries and nations around the world have descended on the Italian capital to celebrate the occasion.
Authorities in the historic city will be hoping for a peaceful night, but Liberal Democrat sport spokesman Don Foster has urged police to ensure travelling fans are kept safe.
"The Italian authorities must do everything in their power to protect travelling fans from violent incidents," he told politics.co.uk.
While many supporters will have purchased travel insurance for their trip, some may not have done and will be hoping it does not prove to be costly.
Trouble flared earlier today when a Manchester United fan and an American - believed to have been mistaken for an Englishman - were hospitalised after knife attacks.
It is not the first time supporters from the English club have experienced violence in the city - an infamous battle occurred between opposing groups when the team played Roma in Italy two years ago.