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Roma-Lazio game suspended after rumor
Updated: 2004-03-22 09:15

The Italian league game between AS Roma and Lazio was suspended Sunday after a rumor spread through the stands that a youth had been killed by police outside the stadium.

Italian carabinieri military police clash with fans outside Rome's Olympic stadium after the Italian Series A top league soccer match between Lazio and Roma was suspended amid fears of breakdown of public order, immediate reports said, Sunday March 21, 2004. [AP]
Police said the rumor was unfounded, but referee Roberto Rosetti halted the scoreless game in the 48th minute for "reasons of public order."

League president Adriano Galliani said the game between the Rome rivals would be replayed.

As the second half began, fans demanded that play be stopped because of the rumor. After play halted, players and many fans looked around in a confusion.

"There was a rumor that a boy was run over by a police car," Lazio defender Sinisa Mihajlovic told RAI state radio. "We did the right thing. If we played, this could have gotten very bad."

The suspension left Roma in second place, 10 points behind league-leader AC Milan, which beat Parma 3-1 on Saturday. Lazio remained tied for fourth with Parma.

Third-place Juventus tied 0-0 at Udinese on Saturday to fall 11 points out of first.

In other results Sunday, it was: Inter 2, Ancona 0; Bologna 3, Brescia 0; Chievo 1, Siena 1; Empoli 1, Sampdoria 1; Perugia 2, Lecce 1; and Reggina 2, Modena 1.

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