The fact that José Mourinho wins his fifth European Cup final and leads AS Roma to their first international title is not easy for the fans of defeated opponents Feyenoord Rotterdam to cope with. Riots broke out in the Dutch port city after the Conference League final.
During riots after Feyenoord Rotterdam's final defeat in the Conference League, police said 72 people were arrested in the Dutch port city on Thursday night. Two emergency services were slightly injured, as the Dutch broadcaster NOS also reported. A bus and a tram were damaged, the police used water cannons. The situation calmed down around 1 a.m.
"Heavy destruction" was caused in several areas of Rotterdam, said a police spokesman. As reported by the ANP news agency, angry Feyenoord supporters threw firecrackers and flares around and threw stones, glasses and bottles at police officers. Numerous football fans followed the 0-1 final against AS Roma in Tirana in Rotterdam on Wednesday evening in Rotterdam, and there was also a public viewing at the Feyenoord stadium De Kuip.
In Tirana, on the other hand, after the riots on Wednesday night, things apparently remained largely quiet, as NOS reported, also citing the local police. The police in the Albanian capital had announced that they wanted to prevent further incidents with a massive deployment.
The night before the final, riots broke out in Tirana between the police and fan groups from Rome and Rotterdam. According to agency information, 19 police officers and five other people were injured. A police officer was reportedly injured with a knife. 48 Italian and 12 Dutch supporters were taken into custody. 80 fans were sent back to Italy.