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One dead, several injured during Italy Euro 2020 celebrations

FOOTBALL By Reuters | July 12th 2021
July 12, 2021 Italy fans celebrate winning Euro 2020 at Piazza Duomo by the statue of Victor Emmanuel II REUTERS

One person died and several were injured during sometimes wild celebrations in Italy after its soccer team's triumph over England in Sunday's Euro 2020 final.

A 22-year-old man died in a car crash in Caltagirone, in Sicily, as he was rushing to the town centre to join victory festivities, police said.

In the financial capital Milan, 15 people were hurt, three seriously, in rowdy, post-match partying. One of them lost three fingers when a firework exploded in his hand.

July 11, 2021 Italy's Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and teammates celebrate with the trophy after winning Euro 2020 Pool via REUTERS

In a town near the southern city of Foggia, police believe a hitman took advantage of the chaos in the streets to settle a score, shooting dead his target in the crowd before escaping on a motorbike.

The victim's six-year-old niece was also wounded in the attack and was in a "very serious" condition, media said.

Italy won the championship in London for the first time since 1968, with a 3-2 penalty shootout win after the teams had fought out a 1-1 extra-time draw.

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