Italian Soccer Fans Riot After Shooting

Cops call shooting "tragic error" after mob attacks police barracks
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 11, 2007 7:11 PM CST
Cristiano Sandri, left, is comforted by an unidentified person after his brother Gabriele Sandri was killed on a highway near Arezzo, central Italy, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2007. Sandri, a Lazio soccer fan,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The police shooting of an Italian soccer fan sparked riots and police clashes across the country today, the BBC reports. Hundreds in Rome torched a bus, smashed cop cars, and attacked a police barracks. In Milan, one game was stopped when angry fans tried to storm the field; more violence erupted in southern Italy at lower league games. "It was a tragic error," a police chief said of the killing.

The shooting occurred in Tuscany, when a cop killed Gabriele Sandri, 26, possibly with a warning shot. "Our agent had intervened to prevent the brawl between two groups [of fans], who had not been identified as fans," the chief said. Italian PM Romano Prodi called the rioting "very worrying" and ordered a probe of the shooting.