The ‘National Observatory of Sport Competitions’ (Osservatorio Nazionale sulle Manifestazioni Sportive), that little body that decides which of the Italian league matches are considered ‘at risk’, has just forbidden stadium access to supporter groups of 5 Serie A teams travelling for away games. The matches in question concern matchday 14 of Italian league top fligh, to be played on December 1-2: Torino-Genoa, Atalanta-Napoli, Fiorentina-Inter, Siena-Lazio, and the much anticipated clash between Bianconeri and Rossoneri at the San Siro: AC Milan-Juventus.
The ONMS decision official decision was a “suggestion to public security provincial authorities to limit organized supporter groups travelling to away games, for the following 9 teams: 5 of Serie A, 6 of Serie C, and 1 of Serie D“. The reason claimed was the “repeated incidents” involving these supporter groups during this year’s league season. The ONMS are witholding judgment on the anticipated (and usually incandescent) Sicilian derby Catania-Palermo, waiting to receive more accurate information about potentially dangerous groups.
If you’re interested in reading more about State countermeasures against organized hooliganism in Italy, you can read my “Italian Hooliganism: the State Takes the Offensive” article on Soccerlens.