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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 17 November 2018

Rome escalator incident leaves Russian football fans injured

CSKA Moscow fans are believed to have caused part of the escalator to collapse

First responders evacuate a wounded person from Piazza della Repubblica in central Rome. AFP
First responders evacuate a wounded person from Piazza della Repubblica in central Rome. AFP

About 20 people were injured on Tuesday when an escalator leading to a metro station in central Rome collapsed in an accident believed to have been caused by Russian football fans, Italian media said.

The AGI news agency said that "a large group of CSKA fans, probably under the influence of alcohol, began to jump together, provoking the collapse" of one part of the escalator.

CSKA Moscow was playing Roma in a Champions League match.

Sky-TG24 television quoted police sources as saying that at least 20 people had been injured, mostly Russians, and that one was in serious condition.

AGI reported that about 15 CSKA fans had been hurt, two of them seriously.

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