Cop killed as Italian fans riot

SUN WIRE SERVICES

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

CATANIA, Sicily -- A police officer was killed yesterday when fans rioted at a Serie A game between Sicilian sides Catania and Palermo, prompting the Italian soccer federation to postpone all league matches this weekend and cancel next week's national team exhibition game against Romania.

Fans rioted outside Catania's Angelo Massimino Stadium during the second half of Palermo's 2-1 win. Police fired tear gas, which wafted into the stadium and forced the match to be stopped in the 58th minute with Palermo leading 1-0.

Police said the officer died after an explosive device was thrown inside his vehicle. The violence continued after the game, and hundreds of fans were trapped inside the stadium as authorities sought to avoid further violence.

The governing body of Italian soccer, Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio, said another police officer was in critical condition, and police said dozens of injured people had been taken to hospitals.

FIGC commissioner Luca Pancalli announced weekend league games had been called off.

LIVERPOOL IN LIMBO

Liverpool still doesn't have permission to field Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Although world governing body FIFA has cleared the loan move from West Ham, the five-time European champion is still waiting for agreement from the Premier League.

The Premier League said its board had met over the last two days to discuss the move without making a decision. No further action is expected until next week.

DE ROSARIO, SINCLAIR HONOURED

Canada's Dwayne De Rosario has developed into one of Major League Soccer's top talents and most dynamic goalscorers during his time south of the border.

But the Houston Dynamo midfielder, who was named the Canadian Soccer Association's 2006 male player of the year yesterday, admitted he could see himself some day scoring those dazzling goals for his hometown team Toronto FC.

"I definitely feel one day I will be wearing a Toronto FC uniform, and I would be proud to represent the city in which I was born and raised," De Rosario said.

Christine Sinclair collected the CSA's top female player honours. The awards are decided in a vote by the media and online fans.


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