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Arsenal warn fans of safety fear

Uefa Champions League, First knock-out round, second leg
Venue: Stadio Olimpico Date: Wednesday, 11 March Kick-off: 1945 GMT
Coverage: Full commentary on BBC London 94.9, BBC London DAB & BBC London online; Score updates on BBC Radio 5 Live with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website
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Arsenal have warned fans attending Wednesday's Champions League game with Roma that they may be "at risk" if they travel alone to the Stadio Olimpico.

The club have printed a booklet warning the 3,400 away fans to avoid routes taken by Roma's 'Ultra' supporters.

"Do not take trains to the Piazza Flaminio or attempt to use the Ponte Duca D'Aosta bridge," it states.

"Please stay away from the Campo De Fiori, where there has been a lot of trouble amongst football fans."

Rome has been selected by Uefa as the host for this season's Champions League final but city officials have been warned by European football's governing body that any serious acts of hooliganism between now and 27 May could see the showpiece event moved elsewhere.

If you travel to the stadium independently please be aware you are at risk

Booklet warning

The Italian capital has come under the microscope in the wake of several high-profile incidents in recent years, most notably when a number of Manchester United fans were wounded in clashes with Roma fans in two separate incidents in the city in 2007.

"If you travel to the stadium independently please be aware you are at risk," stated the booklet.

The Piazza Flaminio and Ponte Duca D'Aosta bridge are identified as "habitual routes taken by the Ultras to the stadium".

Supporters are urged to utilise a free bus service to and from the Stadio Olimpico that meets at Villa Borghese (Piazza Delle Canestre).

Arsenal, who take a 1-0 lead into the last-16 second leg, are bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in four years.

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see also
Roma v Arsenal
09 Mar 09 |  Europe
Arsenal 1-0 Roma
24 Feb 09 |  Europe
Man United fans stabbed in Rome
12 Dec 07 |  Manchester
Fans in hospital after violence
05 Apr 07 |  Europe

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