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Prime Minister: Soccer Violence in Italy 'Has to Stop'

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi insisted that fan violence in the country’s soccer stadiums “has to stop” after Saturday’s chaotic Coppa Italia final, in which the game was delayed 45 minutes due to the news that a Napoli fan was shot in the chest prior to kickoff. Later, Napoli captain Marek Hamsik consulted with the club’s lead ultra, which refers to its most hardcore fan base, to ask if the final could go ahead. Renzi admitted that it was a sorry episode for the entire country, and that it will take a lot of work to make Italian soccer more like England’s Premier League. 

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