Badia al Pino, the motorway service station where Gabriele Sandri died – Chronicle

Badia al Pino, the motorway service station where Gabriele Sandri died – Chronicle
Badia al Pino, the motorway service station where Gabriele Sandri died – Chronicle
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After today’s clashes between the supporters of Rome and Naples, who in all likelihood met to settle scores, the Badia al Pino motorway service station in Arezzo is once again making headlines 15 years later. Indeed, it was there that on November 11, 2007, Gabriele Sandri, nicknamed ‘Gabbo’, a well-known Capitoline DJ and Lazio fan, was killed by a gunshot fired at eye level by traffic police officer Luigi Spaccarotella. And another episode of clashes between fans, without consequences, still took place in the same service station, in 2014. A cursed area that seems destined to become the scene of brawls between football supporters, in the shadow of the tombstone commemorating Gabriele and on which reads: ‘Never again November 11th’. And today Father Giorgio, speaking with some press organs, condemned the clashes.

In 2007, in an attempt to disperse the clashes between Juventus and Lazio fans, the shot at eye level by the policeman Spaccarotella, who was with his colleagues on the opposite side of the highway, overtook the roadway and reached the 26-year-old who was in car in the service area waiting for some friends to reach Milan in view of the Inter-Lazio match. In Spaccarotella the Arezzo prosecutor’s office (with the then prosecutor Giuseppe Ledda) contested the voluntary homicide with possible malice and was definitively sentenced to 9 years and 4 months. Not only that, in 2013 the jurisdictional section of the Court of Auditors of Tuscany sentenced Spacccarotella to pay 1,550,000 euros to the Ministry of the Interior for the damage caused to the state coffers, a sum which constituted approximately 50% of the indirect damage suffered by the ‘treasury with the payment, already made, to Gabriele Sandri’s family of 3 million in compensation and 150 thousand euros in legal fees. The decision accepted the request of the prosecution of the Court of Auditors.

But still in the same rest area, in the early afternoon of May 3, 2014, there were skirmishes between Napoli and Fiorentina fans. Some Viola supporters were approached by Neapolitan supporters: there were insults and threats, but nothing more, thanks also to the intervention of the Arezzo traffic police. Immediately after the intervention of the police, the fans continued their journey towards Rome.

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