Leicester fans clash with stewards in ugly scenes in defeat to Roma in Europa Conference League clash

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LEICESTER fans clashed with stewards in ugly scenes as they exited the Europa Conference League in Rome.

Tammy Abraham scored the game’s only goal as Jose Mourinho’s men reached the new competition’s first-ever final against Feyenoord with a 2-1 aggregate win.

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Leicester fans clashed with stewards after being knocked out of the Europa Conference League by RomaCredit: Getty
Riot police armed with batons and shields repelled Foxes fans

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Riot police armed with batons and shields repelled Foxes fansCredit: Getty

But that was too much for some traveling supporters.

Images and video footage have captured Foxes fans taking part in some unsavory behavior.

Several of them appeared to punch the Italian stewards, who tried to steer them away from Roma fans who were already behind barriers.

And Italian riot police were quickly called in to deal with the issues.

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Armed with shields and truncheons, the police stormed the stands to take up position in front of the Roma stewards.

And they managed to fend off Leicester fans to provide a safe distance for all.

As for the game, Leicester started off quite positively, forcing an early corner which James Maddison flew into and Chris Smalling awkwardly pinned Wesley Fofana to stop his run.

But Serbian referee Srdjan Jovanovic saw nothing wrong with the Foxes’ fury and, having let themselves off the hook, Roma continued to dominate the first half.

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Their inspirational skipper Lorenzo Pellegrini led the charge with a diving free-kick that broke Leicester’s two-man wall, but Kasper Schmeichel brilliantly beat the ball into the turf and over his crossbar.

As Roma prepared for the corner, Brendan Rodgers confused them by leaving three men – Maddison, Lookman and Barnes on the halfway line against TWO defenders at home, before Mourinho roared for another body to stay behind.

But the ploy didn’t pay off as Roma scored from their next corner as Abraham collected.

Pelligrini sent the ball into the heart of the Foxes penalty area and the former Chelsea striker flew over Ricardo Pereira to score his 27th goal of an incredible season.

It was only the start that Rodgers must have been dreading and it could have been worse as Pellegrini went wild, finding room all over the park to strut his stuff.

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Schmeichel challenged the Roma leader again, shoveling Pellegrini’s angled shot for another corner, then Nicolo Zaniolo was one stud away from completing a Pellegrini delivery.

Vardy sent Roger Ibanez crashing with a tackle straight from his Stockbridge Steelers days before Fofana deflected a Zaniolo shot as Roma turned the screw.

Tempers were fraying and Mancini was booked for an over the ball tackle on Kiernan Dewsbury Hall and by the break Roma had four shots on target to none from Leicester.

Rodgers sent Kelechi Iheanacho and Daniel Amartey for wingers Ademola Lookman and Barnes early in the second half.

But a long-range shot away from the target from Dewsbury-Hall summed up their lack of firepower.

Even when Maddison picked off Vardy with a cleverly disguised corner, the veteran’s shot smashed into Abraham, who did more than most to end England’s interest in this competition.

In a final roll of the dice, Rodgers dispatched Timothy Castagne and then Ayoze Perez for Pereira and Dewsbury-Hall.

But a few long-range shots from Maddison and then Iheanacho were easily collected by Rui Patricio as the Euro Foxes dream crumbled in frustration.

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