The recent disqualification of the ‘Curva Sud’ on the shameful banners on Ciro Esposito’s mother opens yet another discussion on violence at sporting events. The issue is not only ethical but also a questiono f finance, seeing that we are speaking about sport discipline-football-which is on the podium of Italian industries for more turnover. Every year, millions of Euros from sponsors inundate our clubs, television rights, sport results and entrante to the stadiums- So muchi s sufficient to maintain the show in homage to the motto “Show (however it would be better saying business) must go on”. So, in order to solve the many unsettled issues every Sunday, from the degrading stadiums to the phenomenon Ultras, we opt for temporary measures, suitable for survival until we can, in perfect Italian style. Starting right from the issue of safety, for which many laws and norms and decrees have been issued over the years, and which have obtained the opposite results to what was initially expected-to keep families further away from stadiums.
Data on the turnout in the first league, conained in the Report published the last week from the Italian Football Observatory, confirm the negative trend in the last years: the first semester in 2015 the average attendance was (21.850) which underwent a decrease by 6,9% compared to the final data of the last season (23.481) and by 0,9% compared to the first quarter of the current season (22.051). An inexhorable drop which began at the end of the first decade during the years 2000; one need only think of the average of championships between 2010/2011 accounted for 24.901 spectators, in other words 12,2% more compared to the current one. In this picture, only a few companies smile, amongst which the same Roma, which earned 1,4% in attendance from 2013/2014. Runner-up Juventus, with an increase of slightly 0,0052%. A sharp drop for Inter and Napoli, historical fans who have moved away from life in the stadiums.
The causes? Disappointing sport’s results of some teams cannot justify the drop in public attendance. The reasons are different : decaying facilities, expensive tickets and a contrasting norm on violence that leaks all over. The episodes in Tor di Quinto last year, at the expense of the young Esposito, are there to prove it- It is not sufficient to contrai and monitor the access paths to the sporting events in order to root out an ancient wound. One need only think of what occurred last Sunday at the Olympic stadium; the law prescribes that the writing on the banners must be communicated to the football association beforehand on the part of fans and organised groups. The lubs hsold provide to present the request to the Gos (Operating Group for Safety) in police-headquarters. The norm prohibits any and all access into the stadiums in the absence of police approval, however, the system punctually jams and we assist exhibitions of macis messages, many that are xenophobic, ironic puns over tragedies (Heyesel, Superga, Vincenzo Paparelli and so on). And the same goes for crackers, smoke-bombs, lighters, full small bottles of water, lasers, banner rods and other sharp objects. All objects, which according to law, according to law should be kept out of the stadium, but which is taken in all the same.
Without mentioning the jumping over of the barriers that divide the sectors or the seats on the steps intended for the emergency-exits. For each and every violation, the law has prescribed sanctions which could even amount to Daspo, in other words, the ban on being able to enter sport’s facilities, however, without video-cameras controlling or the denouncing of personnel entraste with the task of safety, striking those who are reponsible becomes an impossible mission. It would just be enough to go to a stadium to realise this. What is the purpose then of prefilters, stewards and company if it is always anarchy to reign? To make life impossible to those who really want to go to the stadium only to enjoy themselves. And football is dying.
Translation provided by Marina Stronati