Injured Genoa fan still critical

February 19th, 2009 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS  

AC MilanRome, Feb 19 (DPA) A Genoa fan remained in a critical condition after being run over by a motor coach in a weekend marred by the resurgence of violence in the Italian Serie A.
Doctors at a Genoa hospital said Wednesday they planned to operate on Gabriele Amato, 37, later Thursday to treat the multiple fractures he suffered Sunday outside the Luigi Ferrari stadium.

A coach carrying visiting Fiorentina supporters hit him as the driver attempted to avoid attacks from Genoa fans enraged after the guests came back from three goals down to clinch a last-gasp 3-3 draw.

Genoa president Enrico Preziosi said that the game referee may have made mistakes, “but nothing can justify protests or similar things.”

Preziosi, who denied that riots took place outside the stadium, said that he and the club were worried about the injured fan.

“We hope he can be saved, but Sunday I was devastated. If things like this should happen again I could quit football,” he said.

Also Wednesday, four fans of AC Milan went under trial for assaulting a group of Inter Milan fans who allegedly damaged a Milan banner during the city derby that Inter won 2-1.

ANSA reported that an Inter fan had an eye severely damaged and another suffered a broken nose.

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