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2/5/07 7:13 AM
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Shotgun Mick
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Edited: 05-Feb-07
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Fucking mental!

Italian league halted by violence
A fan is led away after violent scenes at the Catania-Palermo match
A supporter is injured during the violence at the Stadio Massimino
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has suspended all matches indefinitely after a policeman was killed at a Serie A match between Catania and Palermo.

Officer Filippo Raciti died as violence flared during the Sicilian derby.

The FIGC has called off all this weekend's professional and amateur games, and also cancelled Italy's friendly with Romania on Wednesday.

Commissioner Luca Pancalli said: "What we're witnessing has nothing to do with soccer, so Italian soccer is stopping."

According to reports, 38-year-old Raciti was struck in the face by a small explosive while attempting to deal with fighting outside the stadium.

He was taken to hospital but died from his injuries.

Pancalli had warned earlier this week that more violence would bring a halt to league matches after clashes between supporters and police in several cities last Sunday.

"One day is not sufficient," Pancalli added after proceeding with his threat. "Without drastic measures, we cannot play again.

"We will immediately set up a commission to discuss the situation between sport and politics. It's not possible to carry on like this."

Catania, fifth in Serie A, against Palermo, who are third, was given an early kick-off time on Friday because of fears over public safety.

Prior to the start, a minute's silence had been held following the death of a club official from lower league club Sammartinese last weekend.

But the match was suspended after an hour when tear gas, used by police to break up the fighting outside the ground, drifted onto the field.

The fighting, reported ANSA news agency, was because Palermo fans could not get into Catania's Stadio Massimino until the second half.

The two teams fled the pitch for the dressing-room, with the game suspended for 30 minutes.

After the match, fans continued to fight running battles with police on the streets outside the stadium and around a hundred people were treated for injuries, while dozens with lesser injuries were taken to local hospitals.

Another police officer is also believed to be in a critical condition.

Catania club executive Pietro Lo Monaco reacted to news of the officer's death by announcing he would leave football.

"I've heard that a policeman has died," he said. "To speak of football right now seems useless. For me this is the end. I will leave the football world.

"I don't recognise myself in this world anymore. I have loved football intensely but after this right now it seems absurd."

Palermo coach Francesco Guidolin was quick to blame Catania fans for the violence.

"We won the match, but we cannot enjoy this victory," said Guidolin. "Football cannot last for much longer like this. There will be no joy in it."

The Catania prosecutor's office has announced an investigation into the incident.

2/5/07 12:07 PM
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Edited: 05-Feb-07
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Crazy shit.
2/8/07 12:46 PM
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Edited: 08-Feb-07
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I think it's started up again. Apparently they fixed the entire problem in just a few days, good work.
2/8/07 7:41 PM
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Edited: 08-Feb-07
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italians dont work on preventive measures liken in england but rather a more confrontational stance they are fucking retarded when it comes to hooliganism
2/13/07 9:06 PM
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Edited: 13-Feb-07
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are you kidding me limeys??
2/19/07 3:06 PM
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Edited: 19-Feb-07
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It's funny how short the average English-mans memory is... Anyone remember Heysel?
2/20/07 3:18 PM
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Edited: 20-Feb-07
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That's his point man. Heysel was 21 years ago, since then England has gotten its hooligans under control, other countries should try to copy their strategy.

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