The Italian soccer league matches resumed after the break for papal funeral on a sour note with post-match soccer violence reported in at least five cities, Rome, Palermo, Udine, Cava dei Tirreni and Perugia, with rival fans battling police and vandalising public property.
In Rome, political overtones by far-left supporters of Livorno against far-right fans of Lazio, were evident as Livorno fans chanted communist slogans and waved red flags during the match while groups of Lazio fans reciprocated with fascist and neo-Nazi slogans. Violence later erupted after the match that Lazio won 3-1.
A total of 276 fans have been arrested and charged over Sunday's violence that left 85 police officers wounded. The Italian government is contemplating closure of stadiums for teams whose supporters have a history of violence.