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By ESPN Staff
Jan 13, 2003

Policemen injured at Atalanta-Como

ROME, Jan 13 (Reuters) - The violence that has dogged Italian soccer this season looks set to continue in the new year after 13 policemen were injured, one badly, following clashes with Atalanta fans at their Serie A match against Como.

Police officer Alberto Lanzara, 31, is in hospital after being punched and kicked in the face during the clashes at the train station in Reggio Emilia after Sunday's match.

Earlier, the game was interrupted for several minutes after a lump of ice thrown from a section of the stadium occupied by Como fans injured a linesman.

Como were only playing at Reggio Emilia's Giglio stadium because of a four-match ban on their home ground, imposed after crowd violence forced the abandonment of their match against Udinese in December.

Meanwhile, AS Roma fans gave a curt response to team captain Francesco Totti's involvement in a Rome city council campaign against football violence and racism in which the catchphrase was 'Me, no'.

As the players lined up on the pitch for the game against Chievo Verona, a banner was unfurled in the south stand where Roma's ultra groups sit that read: 'Totti, for you no, for us yes'.

Another banner was held up at the end of the first half, wishing everyone 'A happy new year and happy new fights', while behind it fans lit flares and mimed a punch-up.

Italian football has been dogged by violence this season. In November, Messina goalkeeper Emanuele Manitta was punched unconscious by a fan during a Serie B match against Cagliari and Napoli captain Francesco Baldini was attacked after a drawn game against Palermo.

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