Monday, 19 November 2007

Atalanta-Milan clash to be replayed

Atalanta's abandoned clash with AC Milan will be replayed behind closed doors and the home side have also been hit with sanctions against their supporters.

The original game in Bergamo on November 11 was suspended after violent protests from home fans in the wake of the tragic death of Gabriele Sandri earlier that day.

The match was abandoned by the referee after just seven minutes when the safety glass at the front of the stands was broken despite attempts from Atalanta players to calm the supporters.

There had been speculation that the game may be awarded as a 3-0 win to Milan, but the game will now be replayed at a later date, while the Curva Nord of the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia will remain closed until 31st March 2008.

Meanwhile, Milan's head of police has decided to ban Atalanta supporters from making the trip to San Siro this weekend for the game with champions Inter.

The game was deemed as a high-risk encounter because of past incidents involving both sets of supporters and fans will only be allowed to buy tickets on the day of the game if they can prove that they live within the province of Milan.

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