Filippo Raciti

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Filippo Raciti (17 January 1967[1]–2 February 2007) was an Italian police officer ("ispettore capo di polizia") who was killed in a violent confrontation between Calcio Catania football supporters and police officers.[2][3]

Born in Catania, Sicily, Raciti joined the Italian police in June 1986, and joined the local flying squad in late 2006. He lived in Acireale, in the Province of Catania with his wife and two children, aged 15 and 9.

A week before his death, Raciti gave evidence at the trial of a football hooligan, who was then freed by the local magistrate. According to one of his colleagues, the hooligan laughed in his face as he left the court.[4]

Raciti died in Catania on 2 February 2007, after the end of the football derby between Catania and Palermo, as a result of liver damage[5] caused by blunt object trauma, disproving an initial hypothesis which claimed his death was caused by a homemade firecracker.[6]

Raciti's death resulted in all of the Italian football matches, even the national team, to be suspended for a week. It provoked outrage in Italy, with a great and somewhat uncommon amount of solidarity towards the Italian law enforcement forces, and massive coverage worldwide.[7] A 17 year-old hooligan from Catania was later jailed and detained in custody, charged with the murder. As of February 2007, he was being investigated by the Italian police.[8]

On 17 February 2007, the city council of Quarrata, in Tuscany, approved a proposal to name the local football stadium after the Italian policeman.[9] An official ceremony, also attended by Raciti's widow, was held on 10 March, making Quarrata the first city to name a stadium after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Polizia di stato - un giorno triste" (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  2. ^ "Italian league halted by violence". BBC. 2007-02-02. Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  3. ^ Chesterton, George (2007-02-03). "Italian football suspended after police fatality". Guardian Unlimited (London). Retrieved 2007-02-03. 
  4. ^ Craig, Olga; Pisa, Nick (2014-05-04). "Italian football rocked by new troubles". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2014-05-04. 
  5. ^ "Hooligans kill a policeman, throwing Italy soccer into a void". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved 2007-02-08. 
  6. ^ "Raciti ucciso da corpo contundente". Adnkronos (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-02-04. 
  7. ^ "Dalla Bbc alla Cnn: la notizia degli scontri dilaga sui siti web". Il Sole 24 Ore (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-02-05. 
  8. ^ "Teen denies Raciti murder". Channel 4 (in Italian). Archived from the original on 2007-02-12. Retrieved 2007-03-20. 
  9. ^ "A Quarrata stadio dedicato a Raciti". RAI Sport (in Italian). Retrieved 2007-03-20. [dead link]

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