Sunday, 25 November 2012


 FOOTBALL fans were seething last night as two thugs accused of knifing a Spurs fan had their attempted murder charges dropped.

Ashley Mills was sliced across the head and groin in the vicious attack before Tottenham’s Europa League game with Lazio last week.

A mob of 50 ambushed The Drunken Ship pub in Rome as the 25-year-old builder enjoyed a pint with fellow Spurs fans.

Italian detectives charged Francesco Ianari, 26, and Mauro Pinnelli, 25, with attempted murder after the bloody brawl.

But yesterday their lawyer Lorenzo Contucci said the charges against the two men had been cut to aggravated wounding with a weapon.

He also revealed the controversial judge had decided the violence in the pub had not been racially motivated and was instead a “football related crime”.

Hours later fans hit online forums to vent their anger, branding the decision “disgraceful”.

Johnathan fumed: “Disgusting. What do you need to do to someone to get an attempted murder charge then??”

Kevin Hayes added: “It’s disgraceful. The Italian authorities should be ashamed of themselves.”

And Steve said: “Not been racially motivated but that it was a ‘football-related crime’ – so that makes it ok then?”

Initial reports suggested masked far right Lazio Ultras were to blame for the cowardly attack. But the two men were understood to be supporters of cross-town rivals, AS Roma.

At least 11 people were injured in the attack, including an American and a Bangladeshi.

Police named other injured British fans as Dave Lesley, Stephen Tierney and Christopher Allen.

Ashley, from Brentwood, Essex, who had travelled to the Italian capital with his interior designer brother Bradley, 30, remains in hospital after losing huge amounts of blood.

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