Magazine article Risk Management

Italian Soccer Re-Evaluates Safety

Magazine article Risk Management

Italian Soccer Re-Evaluates Safety

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In early February, an Italian soccer match turned tragic when police officer Filippo Raciti was killed while trying to stop a riot among fans. Of course, out-of-control spectator altercations are nothing new in European soccer, but the magnitude of this event demanded that Italian soccer take steps to increase its security and safety procedures.

Furthermore, the death of inspector Raciti is not an isolated case. Since 1993, 13 incidents in Italian stadiums have resulted in death or serious injury. Many of these outbursts have been blamed on the nation's fervent "ultras" (organized fanatics who often travel with the team and have increasingly become associated with "hooliganism").

In response, the Italian government issued new regulations that aim at hampering accidents during soccer games, which include halting the sale of prepaid blocks of tickets to traveling fan groups and a '

English soccer faced a similar problem in the 1980s. After years of escalating violence and media attention, the death of 96 fans during the Hillsborough Stadium disaster forced the English government to act. …

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