Football fans smashed historic fountain

 
Football fans smashed historic fountain
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Part of a 500 year old fountain at the foot of the famous Spanish Steps in Rome was destroyed on Thursday by Dutch football fans.

The fountain Fontana della Barcaccia, made by Pietro Bernini, which depicts a half-sunken boat was allegedly hit by several beer bottles, and the Dutch guests hit and kicked it.

"We are still examining the extent of the damage, but it is permanent," said Anna Maria Ceroni, which is responsible for the preservation of a number of Rome's many ancient relics, to the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

The police on Thursday night tried to take control of the situation as tempers were high. They fired tear gas and arrested 23 people, according to Italian authorities.

The Dutch were in Rome to follow the football club Feyenoord's game against Roma in the Europa League. Feyenoord director Eric Gudde, has on behalf of the club apologized for the supporters' behavior, which he calls for 'thoughtless'.

Netherlands Embassy in Rome has promised to assist the Italian authorities to find and prosecute those responsible.

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