The police say that video & CCTV footage clearly shows the moment at which Inspector Raciti was hit in the torso with a metal bat or club, and also possibly with a piece of sink broken of from inside the stadium. It seems that that the individual responible, who appears from the footage to be a teenager, is very possibly already in custody. A further nine Catania ultras were arrested last night, of whom four are under 18 - including their chief suspect, a boy who already has a police record for violence, who has however continued to deny his involvement. Identification from video footage is made hard not only due to the fact that many of the hooligans had covered their faces, but due to smoke from flares and torches as well as the inevitable difficulty of filming at night. Police say that whilst no homicide charge has yet been made they remain confident that their investigation will shortly be brought to a successful conclusion.
Meanwhile their investigation has uncovered a few more details: as the Palermo fans arrived, police were attacked not only by the Catanesi lying in wait outside the stadium but by an armed group inside the stadium who endeavoured to make their way out. Raciti was one of the unlucky few who got trapped between the two groups, and briefly encircled. The investigation is being headed by the director of Catania's organised crime unit, which tells you how the police view the incident.