Third Celtic fan stabbed in Rome as 12 Lazio ultras arrested over ‘ambush’

A third Celtic fan has reportedly been stabbed after Celtic’s win over Lazio.

The 20-year-old fan was taken to hospital on a yellow code (moderately critical) after being attacked around 2.30am in Viale Giulio Cesare, in the Prati district of the city, reports Gazzetta Dello Sport.

The paper reports on “high tension” after an attack on Celtic fans by Lazio ultras following the game.

It states the attack was thwarted by police and a dozen ultras were arrested after trying to hide. They will face court this morning.

The paper says: “Yesterday evening, after the 9,000 supporters of Celtic had run off the Olympic Stadium without problems, moments of high tension were recorded in Piazza Risorgimento (San Pietro) due to an attempted assault by supporters from Lazio to those from Scotland. 

“The prompt intervention of the Police avoided contact between the parties. Twelve Lazio ultras, who had initially fled to a hiding place in some buildings in the area, were arrested by the Digos police and will be tried today.”

Celtic fans had reported on Twitter of being ‘ambushed’ after the game, with reports of Lazio thugs armed with ultras emerging from the dark after a bus carrying fans had broken down.

Fans had been advised against walking from the game, but with no taxis around and no backup bus, they were left with no alternative.

Some fans reported seeing Lazio ultras wielding machetes as they were forced to flee.

John Law tweeted: “Poor organisation after our bus broke down forced to walk back to town no back up bus or Police protection. Attacked by scum with machetes just hope everyone else of the bus is safe.”

Hynds Travel on Twitter also reported a ‘horrific experience’ after the bus broke down.

They said: “On that bus as well. Absolutely wild. Mind blowing that the police did not have a contingency in place and left us with no option but to walk. Horrific experience.”

There was no trouble at the match, which Celtic won 2-1 to record a famous victory on Italian soil for the first time.

Two Celtic fans had earlier been stabbed while drinking outside the Flann O’Brien pub in the city.

The pub was attacked by masked thugs, as was the Baccanale bar in the city.

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