Wednesday May 16 2012
Buses put Coppa Italia Final at risk?

This Sunday’s Juventus-Napoli Coppa Italia Final could be in doubt due to a row over transport for supporters.

The match is set to take place this weekend at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, but there have been numerous problems.

At first Napoli complained the stadium was not prepared to hold the huge number of supporters who want to see the game, leading the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) to pull the venue only to change their minds a few hours later.

There have been discussions over ticket prices and now the match is up in the air again.

The authorities had organised car parks on different sides of the city to ensure rival fans did not come into contact with each other, then they’d be taken to the Stadio Olimpico in mini-buses.

However, the police and the transport authority (ATAC) have still not agreed on who will pay for the mini-bus service.

“If ATAC do not provide the necessary buses for the transport of fans, then the game cannot be played here,” read a fax sent by the chief of police in Rome, according to news agency ANSA.

“Without this mini-bus service, it has not been possible to identify suitable solutions for the fans to be allowed into and out of the stadium.

“Therefore we will evaluate the opportunity to ban the game from going ahead due to the lack of security guarantees.”

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