Monday May 5 2014
Chiesa: Shameful scenes

Former Serie A referee Massimo Chiesa has described events preceding the Coppa Italia final on Saturday as shameful.

Violence in the build up to the match between Napoli and Fiorentina included the shooting of three Azzurri fans, which led to club captain Marek Hamsik having to negotiate with ultras before the game was given the go-ahead.

Now, the former whistle-blower has called for action to be taken regarding violence in football and says the Italian governing bodies should follow the example set by England.

“I’m angry,” Chiesa told Tuttomercato.web. “I think the fact the Napoli captain and directors were sent to talk to these pseudo-fans was shameful.

“The Presidents of both the Consiglio and the Senate were both present. They should both have left the stadium to show their complete opposition to what was happening.

“This is a political problem and now some decisions have to be taken.

“In England you can see that by using the iron fist you can tackle these situations.”

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