ROME (AFP) - The Italian government is expected to introduce tough new security measures to combat football violence after an emergency cabinet meeting.
All domestic and international football in Italy was suspended last Friday following the death of a policeman during crowd violence at the Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo.
Some 100 fans were injured and 34 people, including 11 minors, arrested after the clashes between riot police and Catania supporters.
Clubs whose stadium security arrangements do not meet legal requirements are likely to be forced to play their matches behind closed doors.
"Stadiums that are not safe for the public must play their matches without spectators," said Italy´s Sports Minister Giovanna Melandri on Wednesday.
"There is no room for compromise."
The safety regulations -- known as the ´Decreto Pisanu´ and introduced under the previous centre-right government -- include CCTV, named tickets, automatic turnstiles, adequate stewarding, and the banning of racist banners as well as fireworks and flares.
The government also want to give the police more powers of arrest and either ban visiting supporters or limit their purchase of tickets.
The problem facing many clubs in terms of improving security is that they do not own their grounds and instead lease them from local councils.
"We have suddenly been told that we dont have the authority to play in our stadium," said disgruntled Atalanta president Ivan Ruggeri.
"We dont know if its the club or the local council who must pay for this restructuring work. If there are no fans or the order to play behind closed doors, we simply wont go ahead.
AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani, whose security arrangements at the San Siro stadium are not up to scratch, has proposed that only fans with season tickets be allowed into matches at grounds not in line with the ´Decreto Pisanu´.
"The proposal is to allow in all those with season tickets and nobody else," he said.
"Season ticket holders are known to everybody at the club and they do not create problems."
Galliani said he feared that the San Siro would not meet the criteria laid down by the ´Decreto Pisanu´ until October.
Italian football is expected to resume this Sunday, but five of the 10 matches in Serie A, the top division, are expected to be played behind closed doors: AC Milan v Livorno, Messina v Catania, Atalanta v Lazio, Chievo v Inter Milan, Fiorentina v Udinese.
All 10 games are likely to kick-off at 1400 GMT.
The round of matches that were lost last weekend is set to be played on Wednesday, April 18.
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