Italian Minister Maroni defends police action

The fall-out from Tuesday night’s events in Genoa continues with Interior Minister Roberto Maroni defending the Italian police in regard to the incidents.
Speaking to the Gazzetta dello Sport Maroni explained that: “a fax did arrive at our offices from the Serbian authorities suggesting that there would possibly be a number of troublemakers attending the match. It stated that there was no cause for us to be concerned as only around 200 Serbian fans were thought to be arriving in Genoa”.
He continued by praising the efforts of the police by stating that: “I am satisfied with the way we dealt with the situation. I would like to state now that the actions of our security forces inside the stadium prevented another Heysel style disaster”. He then took a side swipe at UEFA by concluding that “if every country used an identity system like we now operate in Italy, maybe incidents like this would not happen”.

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