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Italy: Modern-day Florentine gladiators slug it out in ancient ultraviolent footy game03:38

Italy: Modern-day Florentine gladiators slug it out in ancient ultraviolent footy game

Italy, Florence
June 24, 2019 at 23:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

If you wonder what it would look like to mix MMA and football, look no further than Calcio Storico, or 'historic football', a tradition dating back to the 16th century, which saw its yearly tournament take place on Monday in Florence.

Sucker-punches and kicks to the head are prohibited but headbutting, punching, elbowing, and choking are all allowed, as shown in footage of players wrestling and boxing in the gladiator arena-like sand covered pitch.

Florence Mayor Dario Nardella and Fiorentina football club owner Rocco Commisso were spotted in the audience at the final, where the Red Team from Santa Maria Novella won 8-2 over the White Team from Santo Spirito quarter. It is unknown how many players were injured, but it is safe to assume few walked away unscathed.

Italy: Modern-day Florentine gladiators slug it out in ancient ultraviolent footy game03:38
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If you wonder what it would look like to mix MMA and football, look no further than Calcio Storico, or 'historic football', a tradition dating back to the 16th century, which saw its yearly tournament take place on Monday in Florence.

Sucker-punches and kicks to the head are prohibited but headbutting, punching, elbowing, and choking are all allowed, as shown in footage of players wrestling and boxing in the gladiator arena-like sand covered pitch.

Florence Mayor Dario Nardella and Fiorentina football club owner Rocco Commisso were spotted in the audience at the final, where the Red Team from Santa Maria Novella won 8-2 over the White Team from Santo Spirito quarter. It is unknown how many players were injured, but it is safe to assume few walked away unscathed.

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