Football: Italian fans attack press

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JUVENTUS FANS, angered by media coverage of on-going investigations into doping in Serie A, rounded on the press box during yesterday's match against Piacenza, hurling bolts and chairs at journalists who were escorted to the safety of the press room under heavy police escort.

About 100 fans swept through the stands of Turin's Delle Alpi stadium 10 minutes before the end of the match as chants of "kill them, kill them" rose in other parts of the stadium.

The media was sharply criticised by Juventus officials on Friday for its coverage of an enquiry by the Turin magistrate, Raffaele Guariniello, into allegations of drug use. Juventus won with an eighth-minute goal from Filippo Inzaghi.

The Brazilian striker, Edmundo, snatched a winner in the second minute of injury time yesterday to keep Fiorentina top of Serie A with a 1-0 victory over Udinese, thereby maintaining their 100 per cent record after four games.

Edmundo's strike in the last minute was uncanny as coach Giovanni Trapattoni had called on the fans 24 hours earlier to be patient, saying: "The goal could come in the 90th minute."

World Cup-winner Youri Djorkaeff, meanwhile, was again on target for Internazionale, against Perugia, four days after scoring a 94th-minute winner against Sturm Graz in the Champions' League. Inter, two points adrift in second place, scored first through Chilean Ivan Zamorano, but as Perugia fought back Djorkaeff put the result beyond doubt with a 54th- minute header, his first league goal of the season.

Milan returned to winning ways at Venezia as the prolific Oliver Bierhoff was left unmarked to head home Leonardo's inswinging corner from close range after just three minutes. The Brazilian midfielder followed up with a goal of his own to seal a 2-0 victory.

Milan and Juventus are now level on nine points, in third and fourth place respectively. Lazio had their first win of the season with a 2- 0 win against Cagliari, who had Fabian O'Neill sent off. Parma were held to a 0-0 draw by 10-man Bologna, Salernitana drew 1-1 with Empoli and Vicenza beat Bari 1-0.

Real Zaragoza took over at the top of the Spanish league, prior to Real Madrid's game against Real Betis last night, after sealing a 2-0 victory when Extremadura had their goalkeeper sent off.

French favourites Marseilles beat Toulouse 2-0 at home to edge to within a point of the leaders Bordeaux who lost their unbeaten record with a 2-0 defeat at Bastia.

Strikers Florian Maurice and Fabrizio Ravanelli scored for Marseilles, the only remaining unbeaten team. They have taken 18 points from their eight games, one fewer than Bordeaux.