Rome police “guarantee” fan safety


Italian police have said that they can “guarantee the safety of Liverpool fans” in Rome on Wednesday evening – provided “they respect the rules”.

All 5,000 tickets have been sold by the club ahead of the Champions League semi-final second leg tie between Liverpool and AS Roma at the Stadio Olimpico.

There have been fears that visiting fans could be in danger after Liverpool fan Sean Cox was attacked and put into hospital outside Anfield ahead of the first leg last week.

But public order commissioner, Giorgio Luciani, has told BBC Sport that 1,200 officers will be on duty for the match.

“We are used to managing these events. For the Rome Marathon we organised a police service of more than 1,000 people.” he said.

“For the derby between Roma and Lazio it was the same.

“We can guarantee the safety of Liverpool supporters if they respect the rules and make the day as normal as they can.

“We don’t ask for anything special, just that they respect the rules.” he finished.

Supporters have been informed that they are not to hang banners or scarves on monuments and fountains, avoid certain parts of the city and to arrive at the stadium at 5pm.

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