Italy have announced new security measures in a bid move policemen out of its football stadiums and replace them with stewards.
The move comes in the wake of violent clashes between police and Manchester United supports during last week’s Champions League quarter final between United and Roma.
The sight in Rome last week of policemen hitting helpless Manchester United fans with truncheons as they lay on the ground prompted the interior minister Giuliano Amato to admit to “excesses” as he unveiled the stewarding arrangements.
“We are going in the direction of the English model,” he said.
“I also like the English way of immediately sending to court those who commit violent acts in stadiums.”