Europa Conference League final: Police injured as Roma and Feyenoord fans clash in Albania

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Arena Kombetare will host the Europa Conference League final on Wednesday

Nineteen police officers were injured in clashes between supporters during the build-up to the Europa Conference League final.

On Wednesday, Italian club Roma take on Dutch side Feyenoord in Tirana, the capital of Albania.

Fans held up glass bottles, sticks, rocks and other items as local police tried to break up the unrest on Tuesday.

“In the early hours of the morning, we expelled – via the seaport of Durrës – 80 Italian hooligan fans,” police said.

“As a result of violence against the police by fans of both teams, we have 19 police officers injured and one of them is injured with a knife,” said Albanian Police Deputy Director General Albert Dervishi.

Local police had earlier said 60 people – 48 Italians and 12 Dutch – had been “taken to the station” following the unrest, and 10 Albanian, Italian and Dutch nationals had been treated for injuries in hospital.

Wednesday’s final – the culmination of the first-ever Europa Conference League campaign – will be played at Arena Kombetare, which holds 21,690.

Roma manager Jose Mourinho says his club’s fans would have “filled” Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, which has a capacity of 81,044.

Roma and Feyenoord fans are expected to watch the game in two fan zones and police say they have taken action to prevent outbreaks of violence.

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