MILAN (AP) -- Italian media report that two Ajax fans are in hospital after being stabbed in the buildup to the Dutch club's Champions League match at AC Milan on Wednesday.
Italian news agency ANSA says one fan is seriously injured after being stabbed in the abdomen, while the other was wounded in the buttocks after also being attacked by Milan ultras. Both fans have been taken to the city's San Carlo hospital.
Both incidents occurred near Milan's San Siro stadium, where there is a heavy police presence ahead of Wednesday's crucial match.
Earlier, a group of Ajax fans clashed with protesters, while others threw bottles at shops and passers-by in various streets in the center of Milan.
Milan needs a point to progress to the next round, while Ajax has to win.