The 2007 AS Roma–Manchester United conflict
occurred on 4 April 2007 at the Stadio Olimpico
during the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League
quarter-final match between AS Roma
and Manchester United
. In the conflict, missiles were thrown over a perspex barrier separating the two sets of supporters, which prompted the Italian riot police
to enter and attempt to subdue the hostile crowd. The incident has been controversial, as the police and team supporters on both sides view the causes of and reactions to the melee differently.
Incidents in Rome
Before the match began, riot police positioned themselves only on the Manchester United side of the perspex barrier between the fans. After Roma scored their first goal, their fans were allegedly throwing missiles over the barrier into the Manchester United fans. After this, reports claim that a section of Manchester United fans pushed around the Stadio Olimpico ground stewards; as a result of this the riot police
moved in to gain control of the United crowd.
The following police action has resulted in Manchester United accusing the Italian police of "hand out indiscriminate beatings to United supporters" and encouraged witnesses to contact them. Many Manchester United supporters and the Independent Manchester United Supporters Association
have also claimed the police response was disproportionate and indiscriminate, and that they had... Read More