Riot police hit fans with batons as flares are thrown ahead of the fierce derby clash between Lazio and Roma
DISTRESSING footage circulating this afternoon appears to show Roma supporters being beaten with batons by riot police.
Jose Mourinho’s side take on Lazio this afternoon in a crucial derby in Rome.
Before the game, clips appeared on social media of clashes between Roma fans and police.
Some videos show fans being beaten by cops, while flares were also thrown,
An Ultras account tweeted a video while recounting their impression of what happened.
They wrote: “Tension between #Roma #ultras and Police, ahead of game.
“An injured policeman in Piazza Mancini.
“At the obelisk, a #CurvaNord #Lazio group attempted to make contact with the #Romanists, after leaving the Ponte Milvio. Police action.”
Italian football has already been hit with ugly confrontations between supporters and police this week.
Napoli’s Champions League clash with Eintracht Frankfurt saw cars set on fire and cops reportedly attacked.
It has been claimed that traveling Frankfurt fans were responsible for the chaos.
The scenes saw 800 cops deployed in the streets, with 300 fans reported causing chaos and resorting to violence.
This afternoon’s Rome derby could have a say in determining where both teams finish in the Serie A table.
Maurizio Sarri’s Lazio enter the game third – two points above their fierce fifth-placed rivals.