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Rome derby could be behind closed doors

The derby between Roma and Lazio could be forced to be played behind closed doors in future due to escalating violence between rival supporters.

Monday evening’s Serie A match between the two clubs was preceded by clashes between fans within the city, leading to several arrests and a number of minor stab wounds.

City prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro has already stated that evening kick-offs between the sides will no longer be permitted, but has warned he may be forced into further action to curb supporter confrontations.

“The preparations we’ll take will help to normalise the situation,” the 63-year-old told RaiSport1.

“This will be a signal to the fans, and if it’s still not enough, then we will consider more drastic measures, such as playing behind closed doors or moving the game to another venue.

“The problem is not within the stadium, but outside it. It would be very damaging to all the supporters.”

The spoils were shared during the match itself after a Francesco Totti penalty cancelled out Hernanes’ 16th-minute opener.

Lazio are currently three points ahead of their city rivals in fifth place in Serie A, while Roma lie in seventh.

Fri 12 April, 2013
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