The Italian Job

Under normal circumstances, Monday evenings on here would be given over to a review of the previous weekend’s action in England, but this has been no ordinary weekend in Italy, and events there require some sort of examination. Apologies, first of all, for any errors that I may make in trying to detail the events that have taken place there and the circumstances that have surrounded them, but it is an extremely complex issue, and I have been somewhat rushed in the amount of time that I have had to do my reading up. Feel free to correct me on any mistakes that I may make in the comments section. Also, I am looking at this from the perspective of an English outsider. I would not claim for any period of time to be an expert on Italian football or the terrace culture which accompanies it. However, when did not being an expert on something ever preclude me from commenting upon it? Well, quite. The incidents that may have caused the final meltdown of football in Italy occurred at a Serie A match on Friday evening between Catania and Palermo. The match was always destined to be a flashpoint for trouble. Catania and Palermo are Sicily’s two biggest clubs, and Catania are back in Serie A for the first time since 1984. There was considerable trouble when the two...

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