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Who Has To Die Before UEFA Will Act?

The Champions League final is supposed to be a celebration of football, a meeting between to two finest European teams of the season, watched by billions it should be the climax to the footballing calendar.

However, the decision to host this year's final in Rome means there was always going to be thought of violence bubbling under the surface.

Platini, Blatter and their cronies would have you believe that their first concern is for the safety of the fans, and that increased security means the possibility of trouble will be minimal, arguments have even been put forward that because an Italian team is not contesting the final that everything would run smoothly.

But here we are again, only a couple of months after Arsenal fans were attacked and stabbed in Rome, a Manchester United fan has now suffered the same fate. Fortunately for Mr Wheldon his injuries were minor and he will be able to take his seat for the match tonight.

Everyone knew it would happen, but it will be dismissed as the victim wasn't seriously hurt. It appears that the powers that be are perfectly willing to wait for a fatality before taking action against this extremely apparent problem.

It's a shame that the events of Bradford, Heysel and Hillsbourgh, even though unrelated, haven't taught the governing bodies that action will provide much better results and prevent such tragic loss of life with much more efficiency than reaction..



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Wednesday May 27 2009
Time: 1:37PM

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The cynic in me believes that had England had all the knife attacks that continously happen in Italy that Platini wouldn't just have his way of not having English teams in the final, but there wouldn't be any in the competion at all.
Rocky7
27/05/2009 13:41:00
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By all accounts the people of Rome have done their very best to host a trouble free final and I feel very sorry for them that these thugs have once again harmed the reputation of their country. If these incidents had happend on these shores we'd be f*@ked, I cannot even begin to talk about how stupid the FA are to attempt getting 2018. FIFA and UEFA are the only ones yet to benefit from the Russian oil money (Russia are also in the running for 2018) and must be praying the United fans riot tonight.
iceman10
27/05/2009 15:00:00
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Hmmm, the site poll isn't the best, you should include players from young player of the year in it (Nasri, Denilson and Song all had better seasons than Eduardo or Clichy for example). Eboue will walk it, and I feel sorry for Silvestre and Adebayor. A blank space has more votes than them.
ArsenalFan01
27/05/2009 17:31:00
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AF - I only have the ability to put 14 options in. so ran two seperate polls. Not ideal but the best way of doing it I feel. Thanks for the input. Back to topic!
Rocky7
27/05/2009 18:16:00
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Well said! But I think the Italian police did well tonight! Not that that excuses what happened when you played Roma! But yes, I really hope it doesn't come to "that" and that something is changed...England has changed, rioting and holoiganism is still a problem, but compared to what it used to be.......
haigh_for_7
28/05/2009 00:35:00
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Is there any proof it was a Roma or Lazio Ultra, or even an Italian? How do you know it was not one of the Boixos Nois?
Ozi Gooner
28/05/2009 04:00:00
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By the sounds of it (from media reports) it was Barca fans, so it seems this outrage is a bit unwarranted, considering those same Barca fans would likely have gone to the game, and been violent, wherever it may have been held.
Ozi Gooner
28/05/2009 06:20:00
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All seems a bit too convinient for me Ozi.
Rocky7
28/05/2009 08:28:00
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I have it from a reliable source that it was a right wing hooligan group of Barca fans, who a few of have also been arrested. Believe what you want, but English and Turkish fans have an even worse relationship than English and Italians, and I don't recall any Turks stabbing Liverpool fans in Istanbul, it's just not a normal thing for Ultra's to do, as much as the press in England and Italy might like you to believe it. Your moral outrage is what they're aiming for, it's what sells them papers.
Ozi Gooner
28/05/2009 08:39:00
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The same reliable source that The Sun, The Mail and FromTheTerrace get their news from? For your information, several Liverpool fans were stabbed in Istanbul, the pictures were everywhere, try researching the subject before making ill judged statements. English fans died when Leeds played there, or is that conveniently forgotten? No, I know, made up just to sell newspapers. http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1P1-41868462.html http://ballhype.com/article/the_miracle_of_istanbul_part_two/ I could go on and on about the various incidents whenever an English team arrives in Rome or Turkey, but everyone already knows that...except one. When English fans get inot a punch up we're branded the worst hooligans in the world, how many stabbings and deaths do you see at our games week in week out? none, can you say the same about those 2 cities?
LondonGooner
28/05/2009 08:57:00
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