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Italy's violent mash-up of football, rugby and wrestling

9 July 2012 Last updated at 17:32 BST

Every summer the ancient, ultra-violent sport of Calcio Storico Fiorentino - which some Italians claim is the father of modern football - is revived in Florence.

A mixture of football, rugby and wrestling; some games can get nasty.

In 2006 new regulations were introduced ensuring all players have to be under 40-years-old, do not have serious criminal records, and once two players have started fighting, team mates cannot lend a hand - or boot.

Nicholas Niksadat reports.