‘Bomb scare’ near Italy vs Switzerland stadium as police rush to suspect device

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Police in Rome are responding to a bomb scare near the Stadio Olimpico, which hosts tonight's Euro 2020 clash between Italy and Switzerland.

A suspect device was found in Mazzini Square and is under investigation, according to reports in the Daily Express, via Il Messaggero.

Authorities were first alerted to the package just before 6pm local time.

Italian publication Il Messaggero reports police sources as saying the device was homemade.

It contained a cylinder of gunpowder, with shrapnel embedded and electric wires sticking out.

The report continues that the device was found by a car in the Prati district of Rome.

According to Il Messaggero, the device was designed "to explode."

Adnkronos reports that the car is owned by Marco Doria, president of park and historic villa redevelopment in Rome.

It is claimed that Mr Doria received a number of threats since being appointed to his current role two years ago.

Il Messaggero write he was targeted after finding “many irregularities”.

Mayor of Roma Virginia Raggi tweeted to express her solidarity with Mr Doria.

She wrote: "A bomb was found in the car of Marco Doria, president of the table for the redevelopment of parks and historic villas in Rome.

"A very serious fact, I express my full solidarity."

Despite the bomb scare, Italy's second match of Euro 2020 against Switzerland kicked-off as planned at 9pm local time.

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