Lazio 'ultras' demand release of jailed members

ROME: Hundreds of hard-core 'ultras' fans of Serie A side Lazio gathered outside the prison here Sunday demanding the release of eight of their members held for violence during a match. 

Twelve Lazio supporters were arrested last week by anti-terrorist forces for vandalism in the capital on August 31 last during a friendly match against Serie A rivals Juventus. 

Eight have been detailed and face various charges relating to the wrecking of offices and burning of cars around Rome's main stadium including Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) offices nearby. 

“The most important match is for the freedom of the detained ultras,” proclaimed banners held by some of the estimated 500 gathered outside the prison. They were joined by fifty ultras of city rival's AS Roma. 

Lazio's 'ultras' fans have gained a reputation for violence and have been fined on several occasions for racially abusing players. – AFP 

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