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Football hooligan jailed over Rome violence

A football hooligan and leader of Napoli’s “ultra” supporters has been jailed over his part in violence ahead of the Italian Cup final last May.

Football hooligan jailed over Rome violence
Gennaro De Tommaso was sentenced to two years and two months in prison. Screenshot: Gazzetta TV

Gennaro De Tommaso – known as “Genny the Swine” – was sentenced to two years and two months in prison for leading violence close to Rome’s Olympic stadium on May 3rd 2014.

He was also found guilty of climbing over fencing of the stadium’s Curva Nord to speak to police and Napoli players ahead of the clash with Fiorentina, Rai News said.

A Napoli supporter caught up in the clashes between rival fans was shot and later died in hospital. De Tommaso was not tried in connection to the death of Ciro Esposito, who was shot by an AS Roma supporter Daniele De Santis.

READ MORE: Video released of fatal moment Napoli fan shot

In De Tommaso’s trial, Prosecutor Giulia Proto cleared him of encouraging fans to throw objects onto the pitch and of wearing a t-shirt inciting violence.

The ultra leader had come under fire for the slogan on his t-shirt – "Speziale libero" (“Free Speziale”) – referring to ultra football fan Antonino Speziale, jailed for murdering police inspector Filippo Raciti.

SEE ALSO: Roma punished with partial stadium closure

Photo by Gabriel Buoys/AFP

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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