Verona mayor says decision to allow 16k Milan fans ‘doesn’t seem very intelligent’

By Isak Möller -

AC Milan will take on Hellas Verona on Sunday evening and many Rossoneri fans are expected to be at Stadio Bentegodi. As there were no restrictions on ticket sales, reports suggest there will be 16k away fans. 

As Milan are fighting for their first Scudetto since 2011, and Verona is just two hours away by car, it’s not exactly a surprise that many fans have bought tickets for the game. However, few perhaps expected that half of the stadium would be filled by away fans.

Above all, it’s a situation that raises questions as there are usually restrictions on ticket sales in order to avoid disagreements among fans in the stands. Given that there were none for this clash, many Milan fans have bought tickets in other areas than the designated away end.

In an interview with Corriere di Verona, as cited by Hellas1903, Verona mayor Federico Sboarina shared his thoughts on the decision. He stated it’s far from ideal as the police will have to carry out a massive operation to uphold safety.

“I was told that there will be 16k Milan fans on Sunday. Some say 10k, others say more but at least an average of 13-14k. The decision doesn’t seem very intelligent to me. I asked to verify it. In Rome, they took on this responsibility.

“We are working with the police headquarters and with the commander of the local police to make a plan for the approach and exit of Bentegodi [the stadium], as they did in the 80s and 90s, surrounding the entire area of the stadium.

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