Fans with Gabriele Sandri Banner – Courtesy of giornalettismo.com
CAIRO –20 July 2017: Ever since the invention of football, the beautiful game was attached with people who did not play the sport but admired it so much to the extent of dying for it.
One of those people was hardcore Lazio fan called Gabriele Sandri. Egypt Today decided to reveal the story of an amazing fan of the game that was left unrecognized just a few years after his death.
On November 11, 2007 Sandri who was a DJ and one of the leading fans of Lazio sat all night singing with the Lazio fans before an important match against Inter Milan. Then when the sun rose they decided to head to Milan where they could cheer for their team at the stadium.
While he was on the way to the match chanting for Lazio with his friends, a fight between Juventus supporters and the police arose, which made an Italian cop named Luigi Spaccarotella fire two bullets in the air, killing Gabriele Sandri.
The news quickly spread that the chants in Sandri’s car were silenced by a bullet, and so the matches in that fixture were postponed.
A case was then filed against Spaccaratolla and after a few years the final verdict came out sentencing him to 9 years and 4 months in prison; the reasons behind that sentence were that although Spaccaratolla accidently shot the bullet, he killed Sandri.
Sandri died but he still remains an icon for the Lazio fans; his name is written on the walls of Rome, and is chanted in every Lazio match as an honor for a person whose heart beat said Lazio!