The risks of ultra violence also frighten the world of politics. The draw for the quarterfinals of the Europa League brought the duel between Roma and Feyenoord, two teams with previous disagreements in 2015 – when the Barcaccia fountain in Piazza di Spagna was the worst – and in May last year, with contacts in Tirana between the two fans before the Conference League final. The alarm was raised by Maurizio Gasparri, member of Forza Italia and vice-president of the Senate: “Immediate and total blockade for Dutch fans in view of the cup match with Roma in April. Threats from groups of ultras impose drastic and immediate measures. Already years ago, the Dutch caused enormous damage to the capital. Now without hesitation. Security and closed doors. Naples teaches. These scum should not have set foot in the Neapolitan town. Other criminals must not reach Rome.”
“Apart from marches and ‘restraint’. Stations, airports, highway toll booths closed to hooligans and any local supporters. The warning – recalls Gasparri – must also be made to the incapable president of Uefa, the reckless Ceferin, who must resign immediately after the absurd statements against Italy in defense of devastating fans. He is not worthy of the role he plays. Doors sealed against vandals. I expect immediate responses from institutional leaders. No one will have an alibi.”
Source: IL Tempo
Emma Fitzgerald is an accomplished political journalist and author at The Nation View. With a background in political science and international relations, she has a deep understanding of the political landscape and the forces that shape it.