ROME (Reuters) - A 77-year-old Italian pensioner fell off a
ladder and died as he tried to attach Italy's flag to a pole
ahead of Sunday's World Cup final against France.
The man, Rodolfo Profili, was raising the flag on a patch
of land he owned near the central Italian city of Viterbo when
he apparently lost his balance and fell eight metres into a
precipice, Italian news agency ANSA reported.
ANSA quoted local police as saying the man died instantly,
still clutching the tricolore.
(Talk about patroitism!)