Wednesday, 22 August 2007

Fan ban for Milan

There will be no tickets allocated to Milan fans when the Rossoneri visit Genoa’s Stadio Luigi Ferraris on the opneing day of the season.

The Grifoni’s return to Serie A after 12 years in the wilderness begins with a game on Sunday that brings tragic memories of the death of fan Vincenzo Spagnolo, who was murdered prior to this clash in 1995.

The two sides haven’t met in the top flight since and concerns that emotions may boil over into clashes between fans have led to the decision to close the away end at the Marassi.

"To have to make this decision after 12 years is a defeat," stated Giuseppe Romano of the Committee for Security and Public Order in Genoa.

"Sadly there have been worying signs and threatening messages and not just those written on walls. If any Milan fans come to Genoa we will make sure that they don’t come into contact with the Rossoblu supporters."

One man who will be unhappy with the decision is Genoa President Enrico Preziosi who stressed that shutting out Milan fans would represent a ‘failure’.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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