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Italian president Giorgio Napolitano slams Roma captain Totti

Italian president Giorgio Napolitano has launched an attack on Roma captain Francesco Totti.

He has joined the wave of condemnation after Totti hacked down Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli during the Coppa Italia final.

"It was an inconsiderate and inadvisable gesture that hooks in with the overall problem of violence around football," said President of the Republic.

Totti was sent off for a horrific lunge on Balotelli during Roma's Coppa Italia Final defeat to Inter on Wednesday.

"There are forms of savage fanbases in football that spur on intolerable violence. Today they are seen in the stadiums, who knows where they could go tomorrow.

"It is a worrying phenomenon and the football clubs should react more strongly."

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