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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




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The Journalist

Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 20 2009

Time: 4:16PM

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Would the Roma thugs attack the English fans even when their team isnt playing!?
son_of_cher
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20/03/2009 18:37:00

Do thugs really care about the football or who is playing when there's someone to attack?
johnnyuk
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20/03/2009 20:55:00

The thugs would only be on the streets if their team was playing. Can't see it being an issue if the final is between 2 foreign sides.
jonah
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21/03/2009 08:48:00

Still wouldnt put it past the dirty scumbags though!
son_of_cher
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21/03/2009 09:59:00

An article about the Champions League final on a Villa website. The jokes write themselves.
Ginger Headed Runt
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21/03/2009 10:26:00

i wonder if english clubs would still be allowed in europe if this behavior was happening on english soil.
1982benny
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21/03/2009 12:24:00

Common sense dictates that the showpiece event should be moved from Rome, but since when has common sense and UEFA ever gone hand in hand.
glensider
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10/04/2009 00:33:00

One of my worst ever experiences of football violence took place in Italy, Turin to be exact, back in 83/83, when Juventus beat us 3-1 in our European Cup quarter-final second leg tie. The Italians were totally tooled for the game, it was worse than we'd ever experience previously either in europe or at home. Made a trip to Millwall look like a church picnic.
glensider
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10/04/2009 00:37:00

 

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