Roma Caput Mundi?
The series of images below were taken during the Roma - Livorno match. The two teams are also indirectly representative of two political extremes in Italy. While the Roma Curva Sud is made up of predominantly fascist individuals, the entirety of the Livorno support is considered to be red - as in communist. Yesterday, some bright sparks among the Roma supporters decided to proudly display their colours. The panoply of propagandistic material displayed shows clearly that this is not the work of one or two individuals but the fruit of a group of sick minds getting together.
That it was an organised political assault in what should be the calm surroundings of sport was further demonstrated by the discovery of 6 molotov bombs by the police. Apparently the Roman ultras wanted to vindicate a friend of theirs who had lost his hand to a petard thrown by the Livornesi in the first leg. It would appear that once the molotovs had been used they also had a banner ready which would read "V'abbiamo bruciati tutti!" (We burnt you all).
Fortunately the banner of burning hate was not used. Others were though and they have triggered off the indignation of a nation that cannot seem to rid itself of politics in football. One banner read "God Mitt Uns" (God with Us) reproducing the writing on the belt of Nazi soldiers. The other one read "Lazio e Livorno: Stessi Iniziali Stesso Forno" (Lazio and Livorno, same intials same oven). Days after the commemoration of the Shoah the idiots of the Curva Sud were recalling the use of ovens for the burning of human beings.
Now - and here comes the "ma vuoi vedere che" bit. I smell that someone must blame Juve somewhere. Juve has its fair share of ultra supporters but whenever I hear news of the Drughi I notice that they tend to be on the receiving end of a beating and are comparatively a bunch of wannabe hooligans (which does not in any way condone their action). I am glad that the Juve ultras could not muster enough courage to attack a kindergarten school outing because that keeps my team out of trouble. Of course I would be even more glad should such extremities not exist at all.
But back to Roma. It turns out that the Stadio Olimpico was "diffidato" (carried a sort of first warning) because of an incident involving the throwing of a coin during a Roma-Lazio match. This should mean that the stadium should be suspended for the next match.
But guess who Rometta will play in the next match? No prizes for the winner. Next match scheduled at the Stadio Olimpico is Roma - Juventus (return leg of the match in which the giallorossi so effectively "outclassed" the bianconeri with a shining display of catenaccio and hit and run). So if justice were to be had the Olimpico would be banned for this hot event. Somehow I smell the conspiracy theorists squirming to the surface and shouting "it's not fair". And somehow somewhere deep down I hear someone coming up with the story of Moggi, Giraudo and Bettega creeping into the Olimpico last Sunday and holding up the offensive banner to ensure that the tanto amati tifosi would not be there to urge their team to an incredible defensive victory come next match.
Ma vuoi vedere che questi striscioni gli hanno fatti i Juventini?
Cradle of civilisation? Ma fatemi il piacere!!!!