Football: Fans handed prison terms for attempted murder

MILAN - Three supporters of Serie A side Torino have been handed jail terms of up to nine years for the attempted murder of a Juventus fan, Italian media reported Saturday.

The sentences were handed down Friday at the end of a trial in which four fans of Torino were charged with attempted murder for the December 2012 attack on a 47-year-old Juventus fan outside Turin's Juventus stadium.

The victim, according to reports from the court, suffered "unprecedented violence" after being surrounded then chased by the group of assailants.

His life was saved in hospital, but despite a number of operations the unnamed victim was left with a "deformed face" and remains in a state of "deep psychological stress".

On Friday two of the assailants, 27-year-old Francesco Rosato and 26-year-old Daniele Tantaro, were handed nine-year sentences while Alessandro Plazio, 25, was jailed for eight years and four months.

A fourth defendant, Domenico Mollica, 31, was acquitted.

A lawyer acting for Tantaro, Marco Moda, said he would appeal the sentence: "We will lodge an appeal. Without detracting from the seriousness of what happened, we find the charge of attempted murder excessive."