By Chris Wright
Torino ended a 20-year hoodoo to finally put one over on Juventus in a Derby di Torino, beating the Serie A leaders 2-1 on Sunday to end two decades of unrelenting misery at the Stadio Olimpico.
The shock win was made all the sweeter for Torino fans by virtue of the fact that it prevented Juventus, if only temporarily, from sealing their fourth straight Scudetto.
However, to describe some elements of the cacophonous atmosphere as ‘hostile’ is an understatement, with all manner of crowd trouble peppering the entire fixture from start to end.
This from the Guardian‘s match report:
At least 10 people were injured when a paper bomb exploded. The bomb – like a banger – went off during the first half at Turin’s Stadio Olimpico.
One bomb was thrown from the visitors’ stands and 10 Torino supporters were injured by splinters that came off seats following the explosion, Gazzetta dello Sport’s website said. Another bomb was thrown at the end of the match, hurting one more fan, it added.
Violence had broken out before the game when hundreds of Torino fans threw eggs, bottles and stones at the Juventus team bus when it arrived at the stadium.
One of the Torino fans in attendance, Filippo De Lucia, happened to catch the aforementioned bomb being hurled into the home fans as he filmed the previously jubilant atmosphere on his phone.
The explosion can be witnessed at the 0:50 mark on his Facebook video…
Terrifying. In fact, it’s a bloody marvel that thing didn’t do anybody any serious harm.
(Video: Filippo De Lucia/Facebook)