Roma legend Francesco Totti and Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler urged both sets of fans to remain calm ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League Semi-Final Second-Leg in Rome.
Last week two Roma fans were arrested and charged with assault against Liverpool fan Sean Cox before the First-Leg, both will stand trial in England next month.
Tension between the two clubs has reached breaking point and trouble is expected in Rome on Wednesday.
The legendary Totti spoke with Roma’s official website and made it clear to Roma fans that they should show respect to the travelling fans of Liverpool.
“As Wednesday’s game approaches, we have already started to dress our city in Giallorosso.
“The world is watching and we want to show Rome in its smartest suit: we are its ambassadors and we carry a great responsibility, both inside and outside the Stadio Olimpico.
“Support our players with the love and the passion that has always set us apart, doing so in a way that ensures our focus – and that of the players – is not taken away from the pitch: now more than ever they are the centre of our world.
“On Wednesday, in every part of Rome, we must demonstrate once again the values that we all stand for: those of fair play, hospitality and respect for our opponents”.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler also commented on the fan situation and warned Liverpool fans to not go out looking for revenge.
“I would ask Liverpool fans to remember Sean Cox in Rome, and conduct themselves as they have conducted themselves all season in Europe. They have been brilliant.
“The fans have been a credit to the club wherever they have been this season and I know that will continue.
“I am assured – and I am totally confident – Liverpool have done everything in their power to work with the Rome authorities to ensure a safe and fun environment for both sets of fans, and I welcome and applaud that.
“Not one Liverpool fan has been arrested in any European game this season, which shows how well behaved they are on their travels.
“Most importantly though, is that we think of a man who went to watch a football game, and still hasn’t gone home.
“Everyone says Sean is such a kind man, and I know his family will be worried sick. We all need to support them, and Liverpool fans can honour him with their impeccable behaviour in Rome, just as they have done all season”.