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Sunday October 16 2011
Rome derby 'will go ahead' amid riots

Authorities insist tonight's Lazio-Roma game will go ahead despite anti-capitalism riots that left 70 injured.

On Saturday the ‘Occupy the World' protests saw numerous capitals around the globe follow the ‘Occupy Wall Street' group, but in Italy these peaceful gatherings turned ugly.

Police were attacked, windows smashed and vehicles set on fire, resulting in at least 12 arrests and 70 injuries.

There are now security fears in the city, as the high-profile Rome derby is set to go ahead this evening at 19.45 UK time.

“The derby will be played, otherwise it would be another defeat for the city,” declared Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno.

“The police are ready to face this new challenge. I have been assured of it.”

Lega Serie A President Maurizio Beretta also urged the game and fans to continue enjoying the sport.

“These incidents won't stop the Derby della Capitale,” said Beretta. “I spoke to the security officials and they informed me the stadium is viable, so the derby will be played.

“It should also go ahead in order to allow fans to celebrate football, confirming their sense of responsibility. I am certain the Olimpico will host a great day for football.”

The riots erupted in Rome after austerity measures were passed and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government won a confidence vote in Parliament this week.

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