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'Only a madman' would bring children to see Italian football, says Juve boss

Crowd trouble marred the Turin derby between Juve and Torino at the weekend.

Image: Massimo Pinca/AP/Press Association Images

AFTER CROWD TROUBLE marred Sunday’s Turin derby between Torino and Juventus, the Juve manager Max Allegri has claimed ‘only a madman’ would bring children to see live football played in the country.

Torino fans attacked the Juventus team bus as it arrived at the Stadio Olimpico while during the game, a paper banger was thrown into the home support with 10 Torino fans injured as a result. Another explosive was thrown later in the game and injured another supporter.

According to Italian national TV station RAI, two fans were arrested.

Allegri, whose Juventus side lost 2-1, offered an honest assessment of Italian football after the game, in light of the spate of controversial incidents that have cropped up throughout the current campaign.

Italy Soccer Turin Derby Violence Source: Massimo Pinca/AP/Press Association Images

“I’m sorry [about what happened]. On the pitch we had a match that was fair, manly and compelling,” said Allegri.

This ought to be important to everyone involved in sports. Unfortunately in Italy we are still behind, and until the responsible parties start to take measures this is how it will be.”

“That goes for football but also the country as a whole. We need to improve to bring people back to the stadium and kids first of all, given that only a madman would bring them along with everything that happens today.”

In the last few months, an underage AC Milan team were reportedly subjected to racist abuse in a game against Paris St-Germain while just recently, Roma were ordered to close part of their stadium after fans displayed banners insulting the mother of a Napoli fan who died after fan clashes last year.

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