A BRITISH man has reportedly been stabbed near an Irish bar in Rome.
The man, who has yet to be named, was among four people stabbed close to the venue in the Italian capital last night (February 13th).
According to Italian media reports an American and a Spaniard were also among those to suffer stab wounds in violent scenes involving around 40 people.
The Spaniard is thought to be fighting for his life after the attack, which is said to have been orchestrated by hooligans dressed in black and carrying weapons.
No further details have been offered on the Brit involved in the attack and whether he was in Rome for a holiday or there to watch the match.
The violence came less than 24 hours before Rome Serie A side Lazio’s Europa League game with Sevilla, which is due to take place at the Stadio Olimpico 5:55pm UK time.
Italy , Rome 13.02.2019
Clashes between Lazio and Sevilla supporters ahead of the Europa League match: 5 stabbed.
4 Spanish fans, one serious + one American tourist who accidentally got involved in the fight pic.twitter.com/77QgxgK4mD
— HooligansTV (@HooligansTV_eu) February 14, 2019
Two Spanish fans and an American were hurt in the fight, which broke out ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League match.
"Everything was quiet, when suddenly we heard shouting and the sound of broken glass," one local bar owner told Italian daily La Repubblica [via Hindustan Times].
"We rushed to the window and saw guys with hoods armed with clubs and batons that were attacking other guys."
The incident comes almost a year on from the attack that saw Liverpool fan Sean Cox assaulted by Roma fans outside a pub close to Anfield.
The attack left Cox with life-altering injuries.