Saturday, 31 July 2010

Second friendly in Italy abandoned

Catania's match with Greek side Iraklis was abandoned because of players fighting, the second pre-season friendly involving a Serie A club to be halted.

The referee suspended Friday's game in northern Italy after 70 minutes following a succession of bad fouls and scuffles, the Sicilian club, who were leading 1-0 through Simone Pesce's goal, said in a statement.

Cagliari's friendly with Corsican rivals Bastia in Sardinia on Wednesday was also abandoned after 75 minutes for the same reason.

Full scale brawls are fairly uncommon in Italian football but when tensions do boil over players often go to extremes.

Source: Reuters

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