Leading players will shun Italian football if crowd trouble and other scandals continue to undermine the game there, claims Milan playmaker Kaka.
Kaka admits he was shocked by the hooliganism that forced his side’s game at Atalanta in Bergamo on Sunday to be abandoned after seven minutes.
The violence followed the shooting of a Lazio fan by a police officer following a fight with Juventus supporters at a motorway service station. Police said the shooting was accidental.
“All these acts of violence risk distancing the top players from our Serie A,” the 25-year-told told Gazzetta dello Sport.
“The world class players want to play in great teams and in Italy there are some of the most prestigious clubs in the world. But they are also looking for joy and enthusiasm.
“First Calciopoli (the match-fixing scandal), then the police officer killed in Catania. Now this new tragedy. A fan killed while he was going to see a game,” he said.
“Italy is losing credibility. The list is becoming too long.”
Kaka did not say if the latest events in Italy could force him to leave the country, although he has been linked with a move to Spanish champions Real Madrid.