Italian football to restart on Sunday?

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6th, February 2007

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Italian football could restart on Sunday, according to Luca Pancalli, commissioner of the Italian Federation.
Serie A and B clubs meet on Tuesday to discuss the government proposal of closing stadia deemed unsafe to fans.
The move follows the cancellation of weekend football after a policemen was killed during clashes between fans .
Pancalli said: "There are the means to return to play on Sunday but we must wait for Wednesday’s government meeting before making a final decision."

Read on to see the fatal rioting

The policeman, Filippo Raciti, died after being beaten to death with a blunt instrument and then a bomb was thrown into his car during rioting at a Serie A derby in Sicily between Catania and Palermo on Friday.
His death caused huge uproar and outrage from Italian politicians and the suspension of all amateur and professional games including Wednesday’s international friendly against Romania.

The head of the Italian Footballers’ Association, Sergio Campana, called for the leagues to be halted for at least a year.
On Monday the Italian interior minister, Giuliano Amato, said stadia that do not meet security standards will not be allowed to admit fans.
"We will not allow fans to go into a stadium that does not respect the current safety norms. In stadia like that of Catania I will not admit anyone, I am firm on this. That game shouldn’t have been played. Hence, only those stadia that meet the security norms will re-open to the fans, the other stadia will be used to play in but without fans until they meet guidelines."

Enrico Letta, under-secretary to Italian prime-minister Romano

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  1. joe says:

    Wow, it sure didn’t take long for the powers that be to capitulate. Why not a luxury box for whoever actually killed the cop?