Football Notes: Brazilian Football Fan Dies After Attack By Group Of Rival Supporters
A 34-year-old supporter of Brazilian side Santos "has been killed by rival football fans who reportedly kicked him and beat him with iron bars following a derby match." The victim, a member of a Santos fan group, was attacked by "two car-loads of Sao Paulo fans, while he was waiting at a bus stop on Sunday evening," and later died at a hospital. More than 30 people "were killed last year as a result of football violence in the country" (METRO, 2/24). ... Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino said that the prospect of a new stadium for Serie A side Roma "is still very much on the agenda." Although he confirmed that nothing had yet been done, the 58-year-old said that "the arrival in Italy of club President James Pallotta in the next few weeks would hopefully accelerate the process" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 2/24). ... Serie A side Lazio President Claudio Lotito has dismissed protests from fans to leave the club, "asserting that he has no intention to leave the Aquile." A group of 6,000 supporters organized "a demonstration on Sunday evening ahead of the club’s match with Sassuolo" (FOOTBALL ITALIA, 2/24).