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New security rules shut gates at Italian stadia

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Football matches will resume in Italy this weekend. But most games will be played in empty stadia after last night’s announcement of tough new security standards by the government. While Roma’s Olympic Stadium is up to scratch, with its numbered seats, extensive surveillance equipment and named-ticket system, most grounds in Italy’s top flight Serie A are not. That includes San Siro, the stadium shared by AC Milan and Inter.

A definitive list will be published by the interior ministry shortly. The measures are part of the government crackdown on rowdy fans. The catalyst: the death of a policeman in riots following the Sicily derby on Friday. Police are examining CCTV footage frame by frame to try to find Filippo Raciti’s killer or killers.

The videos could also help identify other hooligans who could now face tougher penalties. The minimum jail sentence for inciting violence at matches is being increased, as is the length of time violent fans can be banned from the terraces.