Clashes ultras in Naples, it is not enough to be satisfied with avoiding the worst - Corriere.it

Clashes ultras in Naples, it is not enough to be satisfied with avoiding the worst - Corriere.it


Of John Bianconi

Cheering becomes a pretext for violence that arouses indignation. Inevitable questions about the management of public order. The feeling that the prevention and intervention of the forces of order serve at best to avert worse damage

TOOnce again cheering becomes a pretext for clashes and violence which - suffered by citizens and relaunched by images on TV and the web - arouse indignation. But also a sense of discouragement and, in some ways, of impotence. Because everything repeats itself as or worse than before, despite the alarms and experiences of the past. Especially in this case, with the warlike intentions of the German ultras so predictable as to decide the ban on the sale of tickets to all German buyers, subsequently limited only to Frankfurt residents, after an intervention by the TAR. And this is already a sign of prevention at a high level, but not very high.

Then came the president of UEFA to define the restriction as unacceptable and intolerable; it's a pity that UEFA demonstrates a more than tolerant attitude towards violent support, when he avoids imposing sanctions on clubs if supporters become the protagonists of disorder away from the stadiums. As if storming a street in the city center instead of near the grandstands would be less serious.

Faced with scenes like yesterday's it is inevitable that we also wonder about the management of public order; and it will also be necessary to understand how it was possible that 400 or 500 fans who could not have entered the stadium could have arrived without warning (as it seems) from Germany and in dribs and drabs, mixed with Atalantini ultras, avoiding being stopped. The feeling that the prevention and intervention of the forces of order serve at best to avert worse damage; and this time they prevented the assault on the Germans by almost 200 Neapolitans (hastily gathered with the worst intentions, since the previous evening), thanks to an interposition between the two groups that prevented clashes with more serious consequences than those we have seen. But that can't be enough.

March 16, 2023 (change March 16, 2023 | 07:20)



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