Salvini wants cells to be added to Stadiums

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 25: Kalidou Koulibaly of SSC Napoli show his disappointment after the Serie A match between SSC Napoli and Chievo Verona at Stadio San Paolo on November 25, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini is in massive support of installing cells at Serie A stadia for misbehaving fans.

Salvini played a part in resolving the crisis in wake of the Inter-Napoli controversy at San Siro, which saw one supporter killed, several stabbed and Kalidou Koulibaly subjected to racist abuse.

“I’m satisfied with how this meeting went,” Salvini told reporters via Football Italia.

“I want to start with numbers. You can’t die from football in 2018, even if the use of knives has little to do with football.

“Fortunately, the numbers of the dead, wounded and those arrested are falling and it’s said that football is an increasingly healthy sport.

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“Even the numbers of banned fans are falling. Now it’s 6,500, while every week 12m people travel to games and 6,000 of them are thugs.

“Therefore, we mustn’t confuse fans with these criminals. Football is about emotion, joy, passion and education. It’s an opportunity for thousands of suburban kids.

“As for the cost of law enforcement, we’d like clubs to pay for it too. We want to go back to patrolling games collectively. They’re more easily controllable that way.

“We must make fans responsible and make them understand that those who do wrong will pay for it.

“We want to facilitate the construction of more modern and safer stadia. We’re working to have cells installed at stadia, while stewards must have more power.