Day: November 12, 2007

Baker & Kelly On Monday

I have it on good authority that Rapidshare was proving to be a pain in the backside for at least some of you, so this week’s Baker & Kelly will be brought to you courtesy of my own hosting, which is buckling under the weight of all this attention, but never mind. I’ll try to sort something else out in the week, if I get the time. Again, I’ve got no date for this broadcast – only that it is from (I think) early in 2002. Baker & Kelly 2002 – Part...

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Black Sunday

The chances are that you have already read about the hideous events that occurred in Italy yesterday. After the shooting dead of a Lazio supporter at a service station in Tuscany, there were violent clashes all over Italy. The matches between Roma & Cagliari and Internazionale & Lazio were called off, whilst the match between Atalanta & Milan was abandoned after seven minutes after supporters tried to break through the plexi-glass dividers that acting as fencing in Italian stadia to get at the police. All of this comes, of course, less than twelve months after the entire future of Italian football was thrown into doubt after the death of a policeman at a match between Catania and Palermo. It is believed that Serie A clubs were very unhappy at having to play yesterday afternoon, but that matches were played at the insistence of the police. There is already talk of a blanket and indefinite ban on away support.It’s important to remember that very little of this is about football – considerably less than it was in this country when there were serious hooligan incidents. The police have a completely different status in Italy to that which they hold in this country, and Italy’s complex and fractious political past has seen them used as a political tool more than they are anywhere else in Europe. Relations between Ultras and the...

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