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Roma fans arrested at Stansted airport ahead of Brighton match

Five or six Roma fans were arrested at Stansted airport last night due to disruptions caused on a flight to the capital, according to La Gazzetta della Sport.

English authorities are on high alert for the second leg of the UEFA Europa League fixture, following the first leg in Rome, which saw two Brighton fans stabbed.

Roma fans arrested at Stansted Airport

Late last night, up to six Roma fans were stopped by police due to disturbances caused on the flight to Stansted. Members of the Giallorossi intended to take the train to Brighton from the airport, but the police waited on the landing strip for their arrival. After this, the suspects were arrested and questioned by the authorities.

Roma fans arrive in Brighton

Some Roma fans arrived in Brighton on Wednesday, but the majority of the Giallorossi will step foot in the seaside city today. It is expected that 1,500 away supporters will attend the game at the Amex Stadium.

There are no coaches available for Roma fans on the way to the stadium, so they will be escorted by dozens of police officers to the main railway station. From here, they will be put on trains to Falmer, which is located opposite the 31,876 capacity stadium.

Stephen MacCallaugh, head of stations at Southern, said: “ “This will be a big game and we want everyone to have a great time. Our advice to BHAFC fans is always to travel early to make sure you arrive on time.

“We have been working extremely closely with the police on the joint plans for this match and we've been in constant communication with the club.

“We'll have an enhanced train plan that has been agreed with the club, as we do for every game, and a queuing system with stewards.

“This, and a strong presence from the British Transport Police, will help our passengers get to the game safely.”

Giallorossi spotted on social media

Supporters of the Italian club have been spotted on social media being escorted to the railway station by Sussex police, as planned.

 

Roberto De Zerbi’s team will be looking to overturn the 4-0 defeat suffered in Rome and secure a place in the Europa League quarter-final for the first time in the Seagulls’ history.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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