What were UEFA hoping for when they awarded tomorrow’s Champions League final to Rome?
Alfresco pasta and vino in the Italian sun, no doubt, as Puccini wafts through the ancient walls of the Centro Storico and evening strollers pause beside the Trevi Fountain to contemplate ‘La Dolce Vita’ over a gelato and espresso.
UEFA cannot have forgotten the recent history of soccer violence in the Eternal City, so what excuse is there for brushing it under the carpet? Italy has the Situs Judi Online24Jam worst hooligan problem of any European country but domestic squabbles apart, Rome has been a danger zone in recent years for travelling fans, particularly English ones.
In 1984, the Eternal City hosted Europe’s showpiece final, when Roma despite having home advantage, lost on penalties to Liverpool. Football writer Brian Glanville recalled the atmosphere outside the Stadio Olimpico turning nasty as he …