Serie C club Bari have condemned a group of their supporters who appear to have torched a minibus carrying fans of local rivals Lecce as they travelled for their top-flight match at Roma on Sunday.
Around 150 Bari supporters are alleged to have attacked the two mini buses, with images having shown one was set on fire, while the other was badly damaged. Both Bari and Lecce are from the Puglia region in the south of Italy.
“SSC Bari condemns in the highest possible the manner the incident which occurred to today on the motorway which connects Puglia to Campania,” a statement on the club website read.
“Every type of violence must be condemned to the strongest possible degree; they are episodes which have nothing to do with the values that the club and city of Bari have always promoted and supported.
“These episodes are to be condemned clearly and categorically. Those who took part in these vile and violent acts have nothing to do with the civility and sporting nature of the majority of Bari supporters.
“As we wait for the relevant authorities to bring to light the facts, Bari stands totally with US Lecce and their supporters and wish a prompt and total recovery to those injured.
Lecce lost the match 4-0 to Roma and sit in 16th place in the Serie A table after 25 games.