Monday, 12 November 2007

FIGC President unsure of future

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) President Giancarlo Abete is refusing to rule out a suspension of the Serie A season or a ban on travelling fans.

Calcio is once again in crisis after the accidental shooting of a Lazio fan by a police officer led to violent protests from Ultras across the peninsula.

"It was a very sad day," Abete told Radio Anch’io Sport. "We need to take stock of public opinion and have meetings between all the areas of the game.

"I don’t know what will happen and it seems risky to say anything now, but there is a problem that goes beyond a possible suspension of the championship."

Aside from a possible hiatus in the Serie A campaign, Abete discussed whether or not away fans would be allowed to attend games.

"You can’t solve a problem just by banning people," he stressed. "The answer isn’t to stop people watching football.

"As far as travelling fans are concerned we are looking at public safety before we make any decisions.

"I’m not ready to think that in 10 years time there will be a situation where you can only watch your team on TV."

Source: C4 Football Italia

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