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Melandri calls for suspension

Updated: Monday, 12 Nov 2007 16:22

News of Sunday's shooting prompted trouble on the terraces at the game between Atalanta and AC Milan in Bergamo
News of Sunday's shooting prompted trouble on the terraces at the game between Atalanta and AC Milan in Bergamo

Italian sports minister Giovanna Melandri has called for club football to be halted for several weeks in order to crack down on violence in the sport.

Melandri spoke after a meeting with Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) president Gianni Petrucci and Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Giancarlo Abete in Rome on Monday.

She said: ‘A decision has to be taken to make a significant gesture.

‘I expect the football world to make the right decision, such as halting play for several weeks.’

The meeting came in the wake of the violence which erupted on Sunday.

Lazio fan Gabriele Sandri, a 26-year-old disc jockey, was accidentally shot by police as they attempted to quell trouble between fans of the Biancoceleste and Juventus at a motorway service station near Arezzo.