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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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Writer: Site Staff Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 20 2009

Time: 4:16PM

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i agree it has to be moved as theres going to be carnage there if any english clubs get there.
bluemooner_mcfc
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20/03/2009 19:34:00

i agree it has to be moved as theres going to be carnage there if any english clubs get there.
bluemooner_mcfc
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20/03/2009 19:34:00

I have voted for it to be moved....it is crap to say you can't move it in 2 months.
Doody
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20/03/2009 19:46:00

I have voted for it to be moved....it is crap to say you can't move it in 2 months.
Doody
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20/03/2009 19:46:00

If the Rome police can't control their own fans, then perhaps Roma (or any club with "ultra" fans found to be causing trouble) should be banned from all European competitions until further notice. If the problem carries on threaten to ban the Italian National team until the fascists get the message. It's disgraceful that fans' lives are put at risk in this day and age in a supposedly civilised country.
fifthcolumnblue
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20/03/2009 20:47:00

If the Rome police can't control their own fans, then perhaps Roma (or any club with "ultra" fans found to be causing trouble) should be banned from all European competitions until further notice. If the problem carries on threaten to ban the Italian National team until the fascists get the message. It's disgraceful that fans' lives are put at risk in this day and age in a supposedly civilised country.
fifthcolumnblue
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20/03/2009 20:47:00

All this talk about Rome - doesn't Istanbul, host city of the UEFA Cup final, have an even worse rep for hosting English teams?
Falastur
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21/03/2009 00:49:00

All this talk about Rome - doesn't Istanbul, host city of the UEFA Cup final, have an even worse rep for hosting English teams?
Falastur
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21/03/2009 00:49:00

 

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