The mayor of Rome on the dreaded Europa League crossing with the Giallorossi: “Even with the ban, some will still arrive: they must all be controlled and isolated”
Fear is growing for the possible arrival of Feyenoord hooligans in Rome. While awaiting the decision of the public security bodies on the trip that the Dutch are preparing to face on April 20 – many have already booked flights and hotels – the mayor Roberto Gualtieri keeps the alert high. In fact, after the precedents of 2015 – when the red and white fans damaged the Barcaccia fountain – the mayor of the capital has once again underlined the risks in view of the Europa League quarter-final which will be played at the Olimpico in less than a month: ” There is concern about the arrival of Feyenoord fans – he said on Radio 24 – we will also be on the eve of the inspection of the Bie for Expo. For this reason I have recommended maximum attention and Minister Piantedosi has guaranteed me full commitment and I there is also the orientation to prohibit the transfer”.
Even if travel should be prohibited, the possibility that some isolated groups decide to leave for Italy remains high. This is why, in any case, the alert of the institutions and the forces of order will be maximum: “There are always those who arrive the same – continues Gualtieri – but they are less and everyone must be isolated and controlled. This is what we hope : maximum effort to avoid damage to the city. I am confident because the prefecture has guaranteed me its commitment. There is no optimal solution, the ban is an extreme measure if the risk and danger are proven. It shouldn’t be the norm but in this circumstance there are reasons for this orientation”. An opposite point of view compared to that of UEFA, which has always been against the limitations imposed on fans.
March 31 – 12:52
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