Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Inter fans face Tardini ban

Roma fans are still banned from Catania this weekend for safety reasons and now Inter supporters may be prevented from travelling to Parma.

There was outrage amongst Roma fans and players when it was announced that supporters would be forbidden from travelling to Catania’s Stadio Angelo Massimino for their crucial final-day fixture.

While the Sicilian police feel that the arrival of a large number of Giallorossi fans would be a security risk, Lega Calcio chief Antonio Matarrese and many others feel it is unfair to ban them because Inter fans are allowed to visit Parma.

"Roma fans must be allowed to go to Catania because this is the football we want to see without any disparity," Matarrese raged yesterday.

The Osservatorio - a committee set up to evaluate the risks involved around sporting events and suggest ways to combat violence - held an emergency meeting today, but have confirmed that there is no U-turn on the Catania-Roma fixture.

Roma's Philippe Mexes was furious at the "favouritism".

"Although when the players walk on to the field they must think only of the game, the fans do play an important part," explained Mexes.

"What we have seen here is two different ways of treating the supporters, banning our fans from coming to Catania yet allowing Inter’s to visit Parma."

However, there are rumours that they will restore the balance by preventing Nerazzurri followers going to Parma.

Ticket sales for the Tardini clash were due to commence this morning, but have been indefinitely delayed.

Source: C4 Football Italia

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