CRISIS OF THE SOCCER

Pancalli

 

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Workers scramble to ready Italy's stadiums
Workers scrambled on Friday to bring the San Siro stadium, Italy's most famous football ground, in line with security regulations to prevent this weekend's match between AC Milan and Livorno from bein

Italian stars dismayed over stadia ban
Italy's players and club officials have reacted with dismay to the decision to declare all bar six venues closed to supporters, for this weekend's Serie A matches, on security grounds.

New rules will help make Italian game safer
Tough new measures to keep hooligans out of Italy's stadiums may be unpopular but they are essential to making soccer safer, the sports minister said on Thursday.

Six Italian stadiums can open
The Italian government said on Thursday that six stadiums could open for matches with fans in attendance, while others would not be allowed to open their terraces to spectators pending new security im

Polizia question teenager over calcio death
Italian police are questioning a 17-year-old boy over the murder of a policeman in riots outside the Stadio Angelo Massimino in Sicily last week which led to the suspension of matches all over Italy.

Serie A: Sound of silence to great calcio return
An eerie silence will hang over many Serie A grounds when the championship resumes this weekend.

Top Italian teams may have to play at empty stadiums
The Italian Cabinet approved measures Wednesday that could force many of the teams in the nation's top soccer leagues to play in empty stadiums.

Calcio resumes at weekend
Matches in Italy will resume this weekend, the football federation have said, after the government approved a tough set of measures to fight hooliganism despite resistance by clubs.

New security measures in place for Italy
Italy's government has announced tough new security measures for the country's football stadiums following a policeman's death during a riot at a Serie A match between Catania and Palermo on Friday.

Italian clubs resist tough anti-hooligan plan
Italian football clubs were on Wednesday resisting what they said were draconian measures to tackle hooliganism at stadiums after a policeman was killed during soccer riots last week.

Italian clubs angry about threat of closed doors
Italy's government vowed on Tuesday to push ahead with tough security measures including closed-door matches for all stadiums deemed unsafe, but clubs said they hoped for a compromise so that fans would not be penalised.

Italian clubs set to face ban on supporters
Italian clubs will be forced to play behind closed doors until their stadia meet current safety standards, Italy's interior minister Giuliano Amato has announced.

Italy need English approach
Italy needs to adopt an English approach to combat hooliganism, say Andy Greeves.

Gotta: More than words needed to halt hooligans
Roberto Gotta says the Catania tragedy must not become just another violent incident in calcio.

Government to take the lead
Italian sport's leading administrator Gianni Petrucci has admitted he will allow the government to take the lead in tackling the crowd violence that has led to the suspension of football in Italy.

Italian football industry urges ban lift
Italy's football industry urged government and sporting authorities meeting on Monday to lift a ban on soccer matches as the nation paused for the funeral of a policeman killed by rioting fans.

Italian business counting the cost of shutdown
The temporary shutdown of Italian soccer is not just depressing fans in this football mad country but also spells big business losses for a sport that has become a money machine.

Platini backs FIGC over police killing response
UEFA president Michel Platini gave his support on Saturday to the Italian Football Federation's (FIGC) decision to suspend play at all levels of the game in the country following the death of a police

Killing forces Italy to plot drastic moves
Prime Minister Romano Prodi promised drastic measures to confront soccer violence after clashes by fans left a policeman dead and 150 people injured. All play in the country's leagues was suspended.

Police officer killed in Sicilian soccer riot
A police officer was killed Friday when fans rioted at a Serie A game between Sicilian sides Catania and Palermo, prompting the Italian soccer federation to postpone all league matches this weekend

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Italian Football Back In Two Weeks?
The Italian Olympic Committee are meeting with the Italian Football Federation and Italian government today to try and find a pathway back to the resumption of the Italian football league season following the weekend's shutdown after the death of a police officer during the Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo.

FIGC Suspend All Italian Football
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) have taken the unprecedented move of suspending all Italian football from the international side to amateur leagues indefinitely following the death of a police officer in rioting during the Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo on 2nd February 2007.

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