25th May 2022,
Updated: 25th May 2022,
The build-up to the Europa Conference League final was marred by some ugly scenes, with fans clashing in the streets and in the stadium.
The final of the inaugural tournament, which is being played in the Albanian capital Tirana, sees Roma take on Feyenoord on Wednesday night.
Albanian police say 19 officers were injured as fans wielded glass bottles, sticks, stones and other objects on Tuesday night.
“In the early hours of this morning we deported – via the sea port of Durres – 80 Italian hooligan fans,” police said.
“As a result of violence against police from the fans of both teams, we have 19 officers injured and one of them is injured with a knife,” said deputy general director of Albanian police Albert Dervishi.
The police had earlier said that 60 individuals – 48 Italian and 12 Dutch – had been ‘taken to the station.
Meanwhile, ten Albanian, Italian and Dutch nationals had been treated for injuries in hospital.
And there were more sad scenes in the minutes before the match at the Arena Kombetare, with a handful of spectators pictured scrapping in the stands.
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Roma are currently 1-0 up through Nicolo Zaniolo’s deft finish as Jose Mourinho aims to become the first manager to complete the European set of winning the Champions League, Europa League and Conference League.
Catch all the latest updates from the Conference League final on our dedicated live blog here.