A brutal attack on visiting Tottenham Hotspur fans in Rome followed months of demonstrations by the far-right. Tottenham have a large contingent of Jewish fans and witnesses told Italian media that masked men armed with knives and baseball bats shouted “Jews, Jews” as they laid siege to a pub.
The extreme right activity had risen across Europe as the economic crisis bit, not least in Greece with its anti-immigrant Golden Dawn.
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