Italian police are questioning a 17-year-old boy over the death of a policeman during riots in Sicily which led to all football matches being suspended. Authorities have released some of the footage they have been studying to ascertain which fans went on the rampage at a Serie A derby in Catania last Friday.
As a result of the tragic events, only the safest stadiums will be open to the public when the “Calcio” resumes this weekend. Just six grounds across the country meet the new regulations, which include closed-circuit television surveillance, numbered seating and electronic turnstiles.
For the clubs whose facilities do not meet the requirements, their matches will have to be played behind closed doors until they improve security. In a country crazy about football, the news has an enormous financial and social impact. But some fans think tougher measures are needed to stop violence. “Until we begin to touch the interests of the clubs nothing will change,” said football fan Giuseppe Martini. “Only education and more severe measures can be used to tackle the problem at its roots,” said another fan, Marco Turchi.
Officer Filippo Raciti’s killing was the second in a week in Italian soccer after an amateur team coach was kicked to death while trying to stop a fight.