Raciti, the apothecary ultra who killed the inspector returns to the curve in Catanzaro. Wrath of the police unions

Raciti, the apothecary ultra who killed the inspector returns to the curve in Catanzaro. Wrath of the police unions
Raciti, the apothecary ultra who killed the inspector returns to the curve in Catanzaro. Wrath of the police unions

He got out of jail and returned to the Stadium. Not even the 8 years and 8 months spent behind bars killing a policeman during a football match have made the passion for football fade away. Antonino Speziale, l’ultra of the Catania definitively convicted of the manslaughter of the chief inspector Filippo Raciti, hit by the launch of an aluminum undersink, yesterday was identified at the stadium Catanzaro as he entered – along with 40 other Etna fans – to attend the Coppa Italia match between the local team and his favorite team. A banner was seized from the group. “Yes, I was at the stadium but they didn’t stop us, they just identified us,” said Speziale.

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The controversy

The presence of the ultra at the stadium sparked the anger of the police unions, who wonder why the Daspo was not arranged for the fan. “It’s amazing that no Daspo was done to this person. Either he does not have it and someone has omitted this thing, or he does and he breaks the law, ”said Franco Maccari, vice president of Fsp State Police. While for the SIAP general secretary, Giuseppe Tiani, “probably the period of imprisonment, as well as the certainty of the sentence, are not sufficient for ultras who try to challenge the state and the rules of sports justice. We hope for a very severe response ». The inspector’s widow, on the other hand, preferred not to comment: “Sometimes actions speak louder than words,” said Marisa Grasso. In the Raciti case, the 32-year-old fan has always pleaded innocent. The reconstruction of the accusation, however, was confirmed by three degrees of trial. The other ultra-accused, Daniele Micale, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He returned to semi-freedom just before Christmas 2018.

But here are the facts. On February 2, 2007, on the occasion of the derby with Palermo, several Catania ultras tried to break through the security cordon of the police at the Angelo Massimino stadium. Apothecary, who was 17 at the time, and Mycale, 23, threw an aluminum sink at the police, hitting Raciti and causing him a fatal liver injury. The inspector died three quarters of an hour after being hospitalized.

The process

Speziale’s defender, Giuseppe Lipera, asked for a review of the trial supporting the thesis of “friendly fire”, according to which the inspector was killed by the impact with a Police Land Rover. A hypothesis that has already been rejected by several judges. Yesterday, in relation to the issue of entry to the stadium, the lawyer said: «They were entering, they checked everyone’s documents. On the banner was written: Catania Curva Nord ».

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