CELTIC and Lazio fans clashed outside a pub last night as chairs and glasses were hurled in the street.

New footage emerged of the rival supporters targeting each other outside the Flann O’Brien bar in Rome city centre before the Hoops’ 2-1 win on Thursday night.

Fans hurled chairs in the street
Rival fans clashed outside the pub

Fans in football colours can be seen fighting as chants of ‘F*** the Lazio’ echo in the street.

The clash took place at the same pub where armed Lazio thugs attacked and stabbed travelling Hoops supporters.

Earlier today, we revealed Italian cops launched a huge security operation to protect Celtic fans ahead of the Europa League fixtures.

More than 1,500 armed cops were drafted in amid fears of repeats of last night’s violent scenes.

Fans had been targeted at the same pub by armed thugs

The elite squad from the military-style Guardia di Finanza lead the operation.

Dozens of coaches bussed Hoops supporters from the Villa Borghese Park in the city centre to Stadio Olimpico.

Around 10,000 Celtic fans invaded the park, letting off green and white flares, as well as chanting “f**k Lazio” and “Mussolini, rot in hell”.

Earlier, around 200 defiant Celtic fans donned club colours as they drank in the Flann O’Brien bar where two fans were stabbed last night.

Celtic fans took over the Villa Borghese Park

Cops with sniffer dogs patrolled the area around the buses while officers on motorcycles escorted coaches to the stadium.

The police helicopter was also brought in to support officers on the ground.

We told earlier that hooded hooligans – who had their faces covered by masks and scarves – ambushed the Flann O’Brien bar at around 11.30pm Rome time.

One witness told how one victim was sitting outside when he was targeted.

He said: “The boy was sitting outside with his girlfriend and he was stabbed.

“They came out of nowhere. He was doing nothing wrong.

“They were shouting ‘Lazio’ and had masks on their faces.

“There was a group of them, all their faces were covered with masks or scarves.”

Around 30 minutes after the attack the pub was closed and Italian cops in riot gear had swamped the scene.

Blood-stained bandages were also strewn on the pavement outside the pub.

Another pub goer said: “Lazio waited until all the Celtic fans were drunk and vulnerable.

“It’s disgusting.”

Two ambulances were also outside the Irish-themed bar as the victim received treatment.

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