Lazio president Claudio Lotito has visited the hospitalised Tottenham fan injured in last week's unprovoked attack in Italy and told him the incident "had nothing to do with football", reports ESPN Soccernet.

Ashley Mills was part of the group of Spurs supporters assaulted in a Rome bar ahead of their side's Europa League clash with Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico.

The 25-year-old was stabbed in a femoral artery in his thigh, and was rushed to the San Camillo Hospital where he is still being treated for his injury.

Lotito visited him on Monday and took the opportunity to tell reporters outside the hospital that his club were in no way responsible for what had happened.

"The lad is much better and will be discharged soon," he said. "We talked about the incident. I told him Lazio fans are not racist and what happened to him and his friends had nothing to do with football.

"We have always tried to disassociate ourselves from racist behaviour."

Andre Villas-Boas' side played out a scoreless 0-0 draw with Lazio, leaving them poised precariously in second place in Group J, with Tottenham's hopes of progression to the next round to be decided in the final game against Panathinaikos at White Hart Lane.

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