Sicily can be as violent as it is beautiful and although the Stadio Angelo Massimino is in a fantastic setting, its history is marred by recent events.
Constructed in 1937 this stadium has not been modified as much as many in the Peninsula, however its atmosphere is second to none. The extremely passionate Catania supporters are loudest in the Curva Nord where many of their Ultra Groups are seated, and they provide a spectacle of colour, flags, flares and choreography.
The dark side of this however, was never more evident than when Palermo visited the stadium in a derby match in 2007. Police officer Filippo Raciti was trying to break up a fight outside the stadium when he was hit in the face with an explosive and died. The trouble had broken out as police had tried to stop Palermo fans entering the stadium mid-way through the match and fighting broke out.
In the end the game had to be abandoned. Catania were banned from playing any matches in the Stadium from 14 February 2007 until 30 June 2007 as a result.
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