Interno.gov.it – A meeting was held at the Viminale this morning, as requested by the Minister of Sport, Luca Lotti, which was also attended by the Minister of the Interior, Marco Minniti, Lazio president Claudio Lotito, Roma’s CEO Umberto Gandini and their general director Mauro Baldissoni. The subject of the meeting was the barriers in the Stadio Olimpico, which were put up in June 2015 as safety measures and which have so far produced positive results. Given these positive results, the Minister of the Interior, Marco Minniti, has ordered the Chief of Police and general director of public security, Franco Gabrielli, to proceed with a course of action – within a reasonable amount of time – that enables the removal of these dividing barriers while maintaining safety and security standards in order to encourage more people to attend in a calm and relaxed manner.
Corriere dello Sport (Guido D’Ubaldo) After nearly 2 years of debates, appeals and political wrangling, a solution finally seems to have presented itself. Roma and Lazio’s senior management have been invited to go to the Viminale next Tuesday to resolve the issue of the barriers in the curve, which were imposed by the then Prefect Gabrielli and which have remained in the most popular areas of the stadium ever since. The Roman clubs’ representatives (Baldissoni for Roma, Lotito for Lazio) will be received by Minister of the Interior Marco Minniti and the Minister for Sport Luca Lotti, the person really behind the invitation, to find a solution that would come into effect before the end of the season.
L’Ultimo Uomo (Federico Di Vita and Fabiagio Salerno) The first time you go into the stadium is like when you’re sitting in the back seat of the car as a child and, as it rounds a bend, you see the sea suddenly appear under the bright August sun. You get the same feeling the first time you run up to the top of those stairs – you feel dizzy, just for a moment, as you see that great expanse of grass stretching out below you. Then comes the noise, the voices of people selling soft drinks, the colour of the scarves, the section filled with away fans, the masses of people all supporting your team, the banners, the flags being waved, the chants, the songs, the smell of people smoking (and not just tobacco) – then come the teams for their warm up, players practice shots from distance, firemen hose down the athletics track, then out come the ball boys.
Corriere dello Sport (Roberto Maida) Is this not magic? Ever since the 30th anniversary of one of their most disastrous home defeats ever (Roma 2-3 Lecce on 20th April, 1986, a defeat which handed the scudetto to Juventus) Roma have won every time they play at the Olimpico. On 20th April, 2016, Roma turned the tables around against the other side from Turin with a 3-2 win against Torino. And who could it have been to exorcise the demons of that day (for those older fans who are able to remember it)? Francesco Totti, of course, on that famous night when he was thrown into the fray by Spalletti and completely turned the course of the game in just a few minutes. Witchcraft.
Pescara’s hardcore supporters, known as the Rangers, have released a statement in which they say they will not travel to the Stadio Olimpico for Sunday’s match against Roma. The Rangers argue that they cannot ignore the Curva Sud’s ongoing protests as football goes beyond what happens on the pitch.
Il Fatto Quotidiano (Simone Meloni) You don’t know whether to laugh or cry. In a few words, that sums up the massive, and at times tragicomic, situation that has surrounded the implementation and maintenance of the safety measures put in at Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. In the last few weeks, things did seem to be moving forward; after former and current Giallorossi players said that they hoped to see the Olimpico return to normal, on Wednesday Giovanni Malago, the president of CONI and therefore the man ultimately in charge of the Olimpico, made his thoughts on the situation very clear: “Forget about the fact that there haven’t been many fans at the Stadio Olimpico, it’s also a fact that there has neither been an incident nor even any sign of trouble either inside or outside the ground. In life, when you show yourself to be serious, competent and well-meaning, you deserve to have faith put in you,” he said, before adding that the issue “is currently being resolved.”