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Violence at Italy-England Soccer

October 11, 1997

ROME (AP) _ About a dozen England and Italy fans were hospitalized Saturday night after clashing during a World Cup soccer match between the two countries.

Security forces at Santo Spirito Hospital said they were treated for knife wounds, broken bones and bruises but none appeared to be in critical condition.

They were injured when fighting broke out between rival groups during the game at the Olympic Stadium.

The game finished in a scoreless tie.

The hospital said six or seven England fans and five Italians were admitted for treatment.

Clashes also broke out in the stadium between riot police and England fans. Police using batons charged into the fans after objects were hurled between rival Italian and English fans, according to the ANSA news agency. A policeman was reported injured.

Earlier in the day, police arrested seven England fans on a Rome-bound train for attacking an Italian man and his son. In all, 28 fans were reported arrested in various incidents.

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