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Ryan272010-05-04 23:15:11 +0000 #1
I won't describe the tragic events of Catania-Palermo since you can find it on most news sites, but I just want to say that I think the whole thing is disgusting. There is no excuse for such backwards behavior, especially when it is all done over a sport.
bLaCknbLuE4LiFe2010-05-04 23:29:24 +0000 #2
i have to agree... people behind it should be behind bars
Laury842010-05-04 23:32:35 +0000 #3
exactly totally agree with u...cmon...its a game!!life is more important!!
Sebastian2010-05-04 23:28:31 +0000 #4
...Although the game was quite contaversial...that was a catastrophic event...i cant believe that those animals hit the Policeman with a home made bomb in his face... ...i just cant believe that...
holicman2010-05-05 00:44:26 +0000 #5
Here is the news report for anyone that wants to read it:

Italian football was facing up to a new crisis after all football was suspended indefinitely after a police officer was killed during serious trouble at the Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo.

According to reports, 38-year-old Filippo 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.

After an emergency meeting last night and Italian football federation (FIGC) commissioner Luca Pancalli announced an immediate suspension of football.

Coming less than a year after the match-fixing scandal which saw Juventus demoted to Serie B and Fiorentina, Lazio and AC Milan also punished, the FIGC once again has some tough decisions to make.

“I have demanded a stop to all activity of football in Italy,” Pancalli said in a statement. “Enough is enough.

“It’s a situation that I cannot speak of. To lose your life at 38 is incredible. This is not a sport.

“The football tournaments will remain suspended until we solve the violence in our football.

“It’s unacceptable that such incidents happen in a country like Italy.”

Those thoughts were echoed by Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, who has called for stricter laws regarding violence at football matches.

“These people are not fans, but are delinquents that in other countries like England would have been arrested and seriously punished,” he said.

“Unfortunately in Italy these things are still allowed to happen. We need more severe laws.”

Italy were hoping to host the European Championships in 2012.

“At this moment I’m not thinking about [the bid] but should we lose our Euro 2012 bid because of this situation, we would deserve to lose it,” Pancalli added.

Italy’s national team was due to play Romania in Siena on Wednesday but that game - and the Under-21 fixture against Belgium in Chieti on Tuesday - will not go ahead as things stand.

The president of the Italian Olympic Committee, Gianni Petrucci, has backed the FIGC's decision to suspend all football activity, and Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi added his voice to those calling for action to be taken to stop the trouble.

"After the serious incidents that occurred in Catania, my first thought is for the people that have been affected and for their families,” he said.

“I feel a duty to say that we need a strong and clear signal to avoid the degeneration of this sport which we are seeing more dramatically and more often."

Around 100 people were reported to be injured - some seriously - after fighting erupted in the build-up to the game at the Angelo Massimino Stadium.

Trouble continued throughout the evening, with the game suspended for around 30 minutes at one stage.

Palermo won the match 2-1 but players and staff were held in the stadium by police after the game while the area was secured.

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

“To speak of football right now seems useless. For me this is the end. I will leave the football world,” he said.

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

Italian players’ association president Sergio Campana wants the suspension of football in the country to last for up to a year to allow for a proper solution to the problems of violence to be found.

“(FIGC commissioner Luca) Pancalli called me and I was in total agreement (with the suspension), but I wanted my proposal taken seriously that soccer should stop for a year in order to reflect on the evils that exist,” Campana said.

The FIGC have given no indication as to how long the suspension might remain in place.

Prior to kick-off last night a minute's silence had been held following the death of a club official from lower league club Sammartinese at a game last weekend.

And Campana believes Italy should follow England’s lead in stamping out the problems in the country.

He added: “A one-day postponement is not enough. There have been two deaths in a week in Italian football.

“We must reflect. We can not accept episodes of violence every single weekend just because someone plays badly. I’ve been in football many years, but I’ve never experienced such a tragic week.

“If in England they’ve managed to beat every type of violence, I see no reason why we can’t do the same. In England you see teams that have been relegated and applauded by their fans, here our players are hit because they lose one game.

“The culture must change. This time we can not allow it to go on. It’s time to reflect, we can not lose life for absurd reasons.”

Senior figures in the FIGC are set to meet the nation’s minister of sport, Giovanna Melandri, to discuss the situation.
Fenerliyim2010-05-05 01:09:56 +0000 #6
bLaCknbLuE4LiFe2010-05-05 00:40:04 +0000 #7
people are so low
benfica642010-05-05 00:16:56 +0000 #8

Originally Posted by Ryan27

I won't describe the tragic events of Catania-Palermo since you can find it on most news sites, but I just want to say that I think the whole thing is disgusting. There is no excuse for such backwards behavior, especially when it is all done over a sport.

what can be said? simple savages.



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