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I assume this is being featured fairly prominently on the Italian news but here it is for everyone yet to see it.

http://www.channel4.com/sport/football_italia/aug18p.html

Bari boss Antonio Conte was the victim of a violent attack from a group of Lecce fans yesterday.

The former Juventus midfielder hails from Lecce but he made the controversial decision to work for their bitter local rivals.

Conte spent Sunday afternoon on a beach near Lecce and played a game of five-a-side football but a group of thugs gathered and attacked him.

After Conte had been punched in the face several times, a number of witnesses and bystanders gathered and a few people jumped in to defend him.

The assailants fled but Conte still sustained a number of minor injuries and the attack is a blow to authorities, who had pledged to take a zero tolerance approach to football-related violence just days earlier.

The police are currently investigating the incident and are hoping to make arrests shortly.
Pretty shocking behaviour. Another kick in the teeth for Italian football in general.
 

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Disappointing behavior from Lecce fans. Other than the normal police investigation etc., I can't see any other punishments coming from the incident as it happened outside the stadium or the context of official happenings.
 

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It's not Italy. It's stupidity of people.
No, it's Italy. This is a consistent problem (more proof: Galliani being jeered at a funeral) and Italians aren't stupider than other people. There are probably equally stupid people everywhere but they just don't do these things because of their different environment.
 

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Like he should take that into account and turn down a job because mindless thugs will beat him senseless.

Coaches arent really usually hold up to some big loyalty standard in general, they are seen as professionals who take job opportunities as they come. Dont face the same sentimental restrictions as players usually do.
 

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Like he should take that into account and turn down a job because mindless thugs will beat him senseless.

Coaches arent really usually hold up to some big loyalty standard in general, they are seen as professionals who take job opportunities as they come. Dont face the same sentimental restrictions as players usually do.
In Italy the "campanilismo" is a very strong feeling and the thugs who support a local team would never accept any justification for what they consider a betrayal. Antonio Conte in Lecce is not just a coach, he is one of the most famous men of sport. These are the reasons why what what happened to Conte is wrong but no way unexpected.
 

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No, it's Italy. This is a consistent problem (more proof: Galliani being jeered at a funeral) and Italians aren't stupider than other people. There are probably equally stupid people everywhere but they just don't do these things because of their different environment.
Last autumn, coach of Sparta Prague was beated by group of fans. And I don't think they were italians.
 
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