Originally Posted by Spudbunny
...and set fire to the stadium, threatened to kill both teams and the referees (according to Totti), and generally ran amok.
Did I mention that the most well-known player on the other side that day, Lazio, was a man named Paolo di Canio? Last season he twice gave the fascist salute after scoring a goal. He also has a statue of Benito Mussolini in his home.
Still, despite all that, I would say: Forza Juve! Even in Serie B.
Serie B if they're lucky!
Yes, Italy has a big problem w/ the ultras/tifosi.
Di Canio is an animal and self-admitted fascist, and an asshole to boot. All intra-city derbys are tense affairs, to the point of creating an almost incendiary atmosphere. Add to that the fact that Roman fans historically divided along political and class lines (Lazio supported by wealthier, 'right wing', suburban-dwellers vs. Roma's working-class, 'left wing', inhabitants of the city center) and you've got a real potboiler. This distinction has blurred in recent years, and the Roma curva has (sadly) seen the entrance of a right wing element.
"I would add that I recently went to a baseball game in DC with my Italian friend. As we walked up to our seats, he noted that the atmosphere was so much different than at the San Siro. "There is much less tension," he said, noting that American baseball fans treated the game like a picnic or a festival."
I would imagine he did not necessarily mean this was a good thing - "tension" or "atmoshpere" is what makes games so exciting.....