January 29 – Genoa Fan Stabbed

A.C. Milan and Genoa battled to a 1-1 draw on Wednesday January 28, 2009 which certainly left neither team pleased.  But it was a much better finish than a match between the two sides fourteen years earlier.

It was in 1995 on this day in soccer history that Genoa supporter Vincenzo Spagnolo was stabbed and killed by an A.C. Milan outside the Marassi stadium.  The incident sparked rioting among fans of the rival teams and forced the game was called at halftime.

The death was the first soccer related death in Italy since 1988 and drew renewed attention to violence in the stands and outside stadia in Italy.

The police were ready for the replay calling in 600 riot police officers.

Soccer Birthdays

1932 – Tommy Taylor, English footballer (d. 1958)
1932 – George Allen, English footballer
1980 – Ivan Klasnić, Croatian football player
1986 – Mark Howard, English football player
1986 – Simon Vukčević, Montenegrin football player

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