Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Rome Could Lose '09 Champions League Final
ESPN Soccernet, March 31st, 2008 3:30PM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

Soccer's European governing body on Monday warned Roma fans that the 2009 UEFA Champions League final could be moved from their beloved Stadio Olimpico if any trouble arises when Roma faces Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinal on Tuesday night. When the two sides met at the same stage in Rome last year, 10 United fans were stabbed. In 2006, three Middlesbrough fans met a similar fate and there was also more trouble for the visit of Real Madrid in the Champions League second round last month. And that's not to mention the numerous incidents involving knife-wielding gangs before domestic games in Serie A.

UEFA communications director William Gaillard said that even though "the situation inside the stadium has improved dramatically...but we cannot afford to organize the final of the Champions League in a city where people are getting knifed every game." He added: "We will be watching and we are serious that if we have incidents like when Manchester United visited last year or Real Madrid last month, then we would have to reconsider our decision for the 2009 final. We will be watching closely tomorrow and the rest of the season and next season. The police have to do their job."

Meanwhile, Manchester United warned fans to stay away from Rome's famous Campo dei Fiori plaza and to underground transportation routes used by Roma's "ultras."

Read the original story...



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
FIFA Sets Meeting to Discuss Qatar 2022    
FIFA has said it will step up the search for new dates to play the 2022 ...
Poll: Fans Think Real is Weaker Than Last Season    
According to a poll conducted by Spanish daily AS, Real Madrid fans think their team is ...
Last Minute Deals for Cleverly, Falcao, Welbeck Completed    
Tom Cleverly on Tuesday completed a season-long loan switch to Aston Villa from Manchester United, despite ...
Report: EPL Clubs Spend Close to $1.4 Billion on Summer Transfers     
English Premier League teams smashed the previous record for spending during the summer transfer window after ...
Several World Cup Stars to Miss Final Rematch     
Lionel Messi is one of four injured Albiceleste stars for the World Cup final rematch between ...
Ronaldo: I Can't Say What I Think About Real's Transfers     
Cristiano Ronaldo, who missed Real Madrid's shock 4-2 defeat at Real Sociedad with a lingering knee ...
Ancelotti: Attitude to Blame for La Real Loss    
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rejected suggestions that Xabi Alonso's departure to Bayern Munich was to ...
Creighton shuts down Jordan Morris    
No. 24 Creighton got goals by freshman Ricky Lopez-Espin and Fabian Herbers to beat No. 13 ...
Redknapp to Sign Two-Year QPR Extension    
Despite losing his first three games of the season, Queens Park Rangers coach Harry Redknapp revealed ...
Hernandez, Juve Agree Personal Terms    
The Corriere dello Sport on Friday reported that Juventus has agreed personal terms with Manchester United ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives