The AFP news service reported that Italian football federation chief Giancarlo Abete wrote a letter saying: "Once again, unfortunately, football has been used as a vehicle by mindless thugs to express their racist and anti-Semitic views." The letter also stated that, "This was unquestionably the motive behind this attack, which has damaged the image of our football and does not reflect the real tradition of warmth and hospitality of the city of Rome."Among the the 15 people detained by authorities for alleged involvement in the mass attack on the downtown bar were two supporters of AS Roma, Lazio's bitter city rivals, suggesting a possibly different motivation.
Teenagers carrying neo-fascist flags stormed a high school last month, tossing smoke bombs into classrooms as lessons were being taught, in a raid interpreted in Italy as an attempt by Blocco Studentesco to assert control over its turf. Shortly afterwards a school due to host a meeting with local authorities about the "neo-fascist resurgence in schools" was daubed with swastikas, Celtic crosses and the word 'Hitler'