Former Manchester restaurant boss killed in football violence

24 April 2017 by
Former Manchester restaurant boss killed in football violence

A former Manchester restaurant boss was killed in a hit-and-run incident during clashes between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon fans at the weekend, Portuguese police said.

Marco Ficini was killed in violence between fans of the city's two main clubs ahead of the Lisbon derby on Saturday night at Sporting's José Alvalade stadium.

Ficini's career included managerial positions with Malmaison Manchester and Paul Heathcote's Grado restaurant, according to the Manchester Evening News, before he moved back to his native Italy approximately three years ago.

Chef and restaurateur Paul Heathcote tweeted: "So sad to hear the tragic accident of Marco Ficini our manger at Grado RIP from all associated with Heathcotes."

Depois de o Sporting Clube de Portugal has issued a statement, as has the club's president Bruno de Carvalho, offering their condolences to his family and friends.

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