Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Catania fans banned from Palermo

Catania fans have been banned from travelling to Saturday's Sicilian derby at Palermo due to fears over public safety.

The independent body that monitors football hooliganism, L'Osservatorio nazionale sulle manifestazione sportive, have banned all Catania supporters from attending the Serie A encounter at the Stadio Renzo Barbera.

L'Osservatorio have stepped up their security measures following the death last month of Parma fan Matteo Bagnaresi, who was accidentally run over by a coach designated for Juventus supporters ahead of a match in Turin.

Last year, a league fixture between Catania and Palermo ended in tragedy when police officer Filippo Raciti died during fighting between fans outside the Stadio Angelo Massimino - an incident that led to the suspension of domestic games by the authorities.

Source: Sporting Life

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