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The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has suspended next week’s Serie B and C matches after the latest outbreak of football violence.

On Sunday, games were halted across the country and police attacked after a Lazio fan was shot by a policeman.

Italy’s Euro 2008 qualifier away to Scotland on Saturday means there are no top-flight Serie A games next weekend.

But FIGC president Giancarlo Abete has not discounted the possibility of there being further postponements after the international break.

“We will have to study, with the Serie A clubs, certain initiatives to be put in place by the 25th – a reflection of the values of football, like a categorical no to any form of violence.”

Sports minister Giovanna Melandri had earlier asked for “a strong gesture, in particular suspending the championships for a few weeks”.

She added: “Today I think a significant gesture needs to be made to express the condolences from the sporting world and the football world and the shared mourning and at the same time a condemnation without hesitation of violence.”

Sunday’s incident occurred when Lazio fans travelling to see their team play at Inter became involved in an altercation with Juventus fans at a motorway service station in Tuscany. A policeman called to the scene discharged his weapon hitting a Lazio fan who later died.

Lazio’s game with Inter and Roma’s match with Cagliari were both postponed in the aftermath of the shooting, and Atalanta’s game with Milan was abandoned after just seven minutes. The worst violence was in the capital, where hundreds of armed fans attacked a police barracks and the Italian Olympic Committee headquarters.

Italy’s anti-hooligan body has proposed the banning of large groups of potentially violent away supporters from all grounds. It has also suggested that away fan attendance should be decided on a game-by-game basis, with the police having the right to prevent certain groups of supporters from travelling to away matches.

Uefa spokesman William Gaillard said that it was unfair to lay the blame entirely at the door of football.

“It reflects social difficulties in Italian cities which have little to do with football, and also the presence of extremists and organised groups do not reflect what the average fan feels about football,” he told BBC Sport.

“That bullet could have hit anyone in the parking lot, so it’s tragic. Football has a central place in the life of Italy, so whatever problems exist at a social level find their way to the stadium.”

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