Italy fans rampage after Police kill DJ
Mr Sandri was shot in a car when police intervened to break up the
brawl. Police said a warning shot may have caught him, but the incident
was being investigated.
Italian football fans have reacted violently inside and outside stadiums following the police shooting of a Lazio supporter.
Gabriele Sandri, 26, was shot in what police called a "tragic error" as they tried to stop violence between rival fans at a motorway stop in Tuscany.
A match in Bergamo was abandoned as fans clashed with police and there was violence at other games.
Later hundreds of fans rampaged in Rome and there were more protests in Milan.
The worst violence was in the capital, where hundreds of armed fans attacked a police barracks and the Italian Olympic Committee headquarters.
Sunday's late match between AS Roma and Cagliari had been postponed as a precaution but fans wielding rocks and clubs turned up outside the Stadio Olimpico.
Security guards in the Olympic headquarters barricaded themselves in as fans outside smashed windows and burned vehicles as they clashed with police.
The mob blocked off one end of a bridge over the Tiber and ordered motorists to leave the area.
(AP) — A police officer accidentally shot and killed a soccer fan
Sunday while trying to break up a fight by a Tuscan highway between
supporters of rival teams, authorities said. Enraged by the killing,
hundreds of fans rioted in Rome, attacking a police station.
Fans stormed the yard of a police station near the Rome's Olympic
Stadium, hurled stones at passing police cars, and smashed windows at
the nearby Italian Olympic Committee headquarters.
Hundreds of youths, many with their faces covered by scarves and ski
masks, dragged metal barricades and trash bins to block off one end of
a bridge spanning the Tiber near the station. The rioters smashed a
window in the police station and set a police vehicle on fire inside
Sky TG24 TV showed images of flames from what it said was a bus set on fire near the barracks.
Rome's police headquarters said the barracks was under attack but
did not give details. It said some arrests were made but did not give a
The ANSA news agency reported that at least 10 police suffered
injuries near the Rome stadium, but police said there only a few
injuries and they were minor.
RAI state TV, reporting from the stadium, said one of its cameramen was injured as well as a cameraman for a private network.
In the Tuscan town of Arezzo, police chief Vincenzo Giacobbe said
the fatal shooting of the fan was "a tragic error" that occurred when a
police officer intervened in a scuffle between two groups of people.
"I express deep sorrow and sincere condolences to the family of the victim," Giacobbe said.
Gabriele Sandri, a 26-year-old DJ from Rome and a fan of the city's
Lazio soccer team, had been traveling to the northern city of Milan for
Lazio's game against rival Inter Milan. He was hit in the neck by a
bullet while in a car at the rest area along the A1 Autostrada highway
near the town of Arezzo, about 125 miles north of Rome.
Arezzo police, reading a statement, said officers in two patrol cars
who were stopped on the opposite side of the highway turned on their
sirens when they "heard yelling, screaming" and realized the occupants
of three cars in the rest area were fighting.
When the clash continued, the police fired warning shots into the
air. All three cars began to return the highway, police said, adding
that one of the occupants of the vehicles "took a shot." The car with
Sandri in it drove a few miles to the next exit to seek medical help.
An ambulance crew was unable to revive him, police said.
They described the officer who fired the shots as a veteran but
didn't provide the officer's name, and, adding that the case was under
investigation, refused to answer questions.[/q]