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Champions League Final Must Be Removed From Rome!

Champions League Final Must Be Removed From Rome!

Times Online is running a campaign to have Europe's showpiece event moved to a safer venue.

In 2001, 19 Liverpool fans were stabbed in Rome as they met Roma in the Uefa Cup and then the Champions League.

In December 2007, 16 Manchester United supporters were knifed in the city while in 2006 a number of Middlesbrough fans were stabbed before a Uefa Cup match.

Last week an Arsenal supporters' coach came under attack by a group of Ultras, Roma's hardcore followers, one of who boarded the coach and stabbed a man in the leg.

Uefa has refused to bow to requests to move the final because, "it is difficult to move such an event two months before it takes place ... moving to another place would probably put arrangements in danger. It would be less safe."

Uefa admitted Rome's policing for the recent match with Arsenal was inadequate, so how many chances should the city get? Holding the final in the Eternal City is a recipe for disaster.

Support Times Online's campaign in your droves - it's the only way to make Uefa sit up and take notice.

This final must be moved before football is left with more blood on its hands.

Click on this link to join the campaign and make sure all your friends and colleagues know about it. http://timesonline.typepad.com/thegame/2009/03/ahead-of-the-14.html


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday March 20 2009
Time: 4:11PM

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Alarmist rubbish. ALL of the violence has occurred when Roma is involved- the problem is the Ultras that 'support' Roma, not the city itself. I very much doubt that there will be any trouble with two neutral teams, neither of which can even be Italian.
elbondo
20/03/2009 16:29:00
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Alarmist rubbish. ALL of the violence has occurred when Roma is involved- the problem is the Ultras that 'support' Roma, not the city itself. I very much doubt that there will be any trouble with two neutral teams, neither of which can even be Italian.
elbondo
20/03/2009 16:29:00
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I do think that the possibility of trouble might be lessened without the presence of an Italian team, but to call it "alarmist rubbish" could be a bit naive. Ultras/football hooligans don't need to be involved in a match to stir up some trouble. I wasn't involved in any trouble myself, but at the Carling Cup final a couple of years ago I know there were some Cardiff City fans out causing trouble.
Rocky7
20/03/2009 16:47:00
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I do think that the possibility of trouble might be lessened without the presence of an Italian team, but to call it "alarmist rubbish" could be a bit naive. Ultras/football hooligans don't need to be involved in a match to stir up some trouble. I wasn't involved in any trouble myself, but at the Carling Cup final a couple of years ago I know there were some Cardiff City fans out causing trouble.
Rocky7
20/03/2009 16:47:00
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Been out there a lot have you elbondo? Speaking from experience yeah?
shewore
20/03/2009 17:08:00
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Been out there a lot have you elbondo? Speaking from experience yeah?
shewore
20/03/2009 17:08:00
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I'm with Rocky on this, yes it's quite possible that the Roma ultras wouldn't be out there to stab people when no Italian teams are involved. But (1) Why take the risk when it's such a high-profile event? (2) Could the Italians be more upset that all of their teams got kicked out, especially by English teams (who could well go to the final)? (3) It doesn't really matter if the involvement of Roma/Lazio/whoever was the main reason why they caused so much trouble in the city before. If just in general, Rome the city has a bad safety record, why can't the authorities (UEFA) take the honour of holding this prestigious event away from Rome as a punitive measure? It may not be completely fair to those normal citizens of Rome, but isn't it still far fairer than risking some fans' lives? Just "increasing police presence" is inadequate compensation imo.
GoonerLou
20/03/2009 17:09:00
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I'm with Rocky on this, yes it's quite possible that the Roma ultras wouldn't be out there to stab people when no Italian teams are involved. But (1) Why take the risk when it's such a high-profile event? (2) Could the Italians be more upset that all of their teams got kicked out, especially by English teams (who could well go to the final)? (3) It doesn't really matter if the involvement of Roma/Lazio/whoever was the main reason why they caused so much trouble in the city before. If just in general, Rome the city has a bad safety record, why can't the authorities (UEFA) take the honour of holding this prestigious event away from Rome as a punitive measure? It may not be completely fair to those normal citizens of Rome, but isn't it still far fairer than risking some fans' lives? Just "increasing police presence" is inadequate compensation imo.
GoonerLou
20/03/2009 17:09:00
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This is a tricky one, the first thing to say is that the image given by the press is OTT. I've been to Roma twice now and not seen a thing and that is the experience of 99%of Arsenal fans. Rome is a city that deserves a final because it's such a beautiful place. The question is, do you reward the minority of idiots and show them they are important, or do you say, "no, stuff you, Rome deserves a final and you aren't powerful enough to stop that." Iwas a bit frustrated by the policing on the way out of the stadium this time, but then I understand because by the time we were let off in the city centre, all bars and restaurants were shut which was probably a good thing from a safety point of view. I don't think the final should be moved at this stage but UEFA have to be called into question as to why they awarded it there in the first place. It's time someone held these idiots to account, they should be on trial and not the city of Rome.
Little Dutch
20/03/2009 17:15:00
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This is a tricky one, the first thing to say is that the image given by the press is OTT. I've been to Roma twice now and not seen a thing and that is the experience of 99%of Arsenal fans. Rome is a city that deserves a final because it's such a beautiful place. The question is, do you reward the minority of idiots and show them they are important, or do you say, "no, stuff you, Rome deserves a final and you aren't powerful enough to stop that." Iwas a bit frustrated by the policing on the way out of the stadium this time, but then I understand because by the time we were let off in the city centre, all bars and restaurants were shut which was probably a good thing from a safety point of view. I don't think the final should be moved at this stage but UEFA have to be called into question as to why they awarded it there in the first place. It's time someone held these idiots to account, they should be on trial and not the city of Rome.
Little Dutch
20/03/2009 17:15:00
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