Russian fans injured as Rome metro escalator gives way

Russian fans injured as Rome metro escalator gives way

Russian fans injured as Rome metro escalator gives way

State television RAI broadcast a video of the incident that showed the escalator suddenly speed up, leaving people in a tangled crush at the bottom, unable to jump free.

An escalator in a Rome metro station broke on Tuesday, injuring 20 people, a lot of them CSKA Moscow soccer fans, Italian police said.

Roma and CSKA fans also clashed outside the Stadio Olimpico arena before the game.

Repubblica station was closed and four ambulances were parked at one of the entrances, a witness said.

"A group of CSKA fans were going down into the station".


Fire brigade spokesman Luca Cari told The Telegraph that what they saw when they arrived on the scene indicated that people crushed at the bottom of the escalator as they started piling up on it.

"Chances are high that the majority of those hurt are Russian citizens", he said, adding that the embassy was ready to assist those in trouble.

She said that it appeared that "some Russian supporters were dancing and jumping on the escalator".

Most who were injured were reportedly fans of the visiting Russian soccer team CSKA Moscow, who were in town for an evening Champions League match against Rome's team.

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