Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Football fans injured as escalator collapses at underground station in Rome

Football fans injured as escalator collapses at underground station in Rome

An escalator has given way at a metro station in Rome leaving at least 20 people injured, some of them seriously, Italian media report. The metropolitan station at Piazza Repubblica near the main Termine train station was closed by investigators.

The station was full of Russian fans at the time as they headed towards Rome's Olympic Stadium where CSKA Moscow were due to play AS Roma in the Champions League later on Tuesday.

Footage on social media shows people being crushed at the bottom of the escalator as it runs out of control.

Italy's La Repubblica newspaper claimed that the escalator might've broken down because the Russian fans were jumping on its steps as they chanted in support of their team.

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Only one of the people hurt is in a serious condition, a spokeswoman for Rome's civil protection department said, while the others were being treated for less serious injuries.

Many fans sustained cuts to their legs by shattered metal and glass.

Separately, one CSKA fan was slashed with a knife during clashes between opposing fans outside the Stadio Olimpico, the ANSA news agency reported.

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