Breaking: Travels Bans for 15 Clubs, Azzurri to be Kicked in GlasgowBy: Martha | November 15th, 2007
[Posts on the death of Gabriele Sandri and subsequent events are collected here; this post is being updated with the latest news. It's been announced that Luigi Spaccarotella -- the shooter -- will face murder charges.]
First and probably most importantly, as long as you’re not tender-shinned Scotland-killer Luca Toni, is the news that the FIGC have banned the supporters of 15 clubs across all divisions from traveling when play resumes, presumably after the international break. The six Serie A clubs affected by the bans are: Atalanta, Catania, Milan, Roma, Sampdoria and Torino, along with Bari and Cesena in Serie B and a handful of Serie C clubs and two amateur sides; so far, these are the only concrete actions to come of the meetings going on all day today. In theory, all of the bans are connected to the behavior of the supporters on Sunday after Gabriele Sandri was killed, which explains the shocking news that, while a decision has not yet been reached regarding Napoli’s visit to Catania, it’s possible their supporters (banned from traveling for weeks) could be allowed to make the trip.
Second and much more painfully, the Scots have revealed their game plan for Saturday’s match: Kick the crap out of Italians. Seriously. Said Scotland’s admirably frank Kenny Miller, “We respect them for the good players that they are but at the end of the day if you have to kick them, you kick them … You have to try to put your stamp on a game and get the upper hand … And if that means putting a few tackles in and upsetting a few people then that’s what you do.” So, wait — what’re you going to do, Kenny? Damn.
I suppose if nothing else, that will give us a chance to see a post-game press conference in which Italians get to talk about someone else playing anti-football, for once.
Edit: In addition to Napoli’s, the jury is still out on the Lazio-Parma match, as well.