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Groundshare for Italian clubs

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The Stadio Nereo Rocco in Trieste will host two Italian Serie A teams temporarily next season. One will be Udinese. The club is upgrading the Stadio Friuli after the city council granted them a 99 year lease. The stadium will have a 25,000 seat capacity. At the launch of the stadium, Udinese’s owner, Giampaolo Pozzo, said:

We want to disconnect the TV from our supporters and bring them to the stadium to be close to the team. This is the only formula to improve and gain points in the standings. The decision to build a stadium for 25,000 spectators is adequate and compares well to the catchment area of our club. We can satisfy all our needs.

The other is Cagliari. The club is waiting to do a deal with the local authority to play in its home town in Sardinia. It played at temporary homes most of last season.

The ground share highlights Italian soccer’s lack of facilities. A new rule means that clubs must have evidence they can use a stadium for all their home fixtures before registering for the Serie A League. The league will also need to overcome the crowd problems it has experienced in 2013. Lecce fans went on the rampage after their play-off defeat. Football Italia reported that ultras invaded the pitch and physically attacked the stewards who were trying to stop them breaking into the locker rooms. The players had just about been able to sprint off the field before the situation deteriorated.

Udinese is developing its stadium and temporarily playing away.

Udinese is developing its stadium and temporarily playing away.

ICSS and Qatar Football Association commit to safety at sporting events

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The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and the Qatar Football Association (QFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which commits both the ICSS and the QFA to support the advancement of capabilities around major sporting events and furthering long-term development and leadership capacity-building to ensure safe and secure football events in the future.

Signed during the opening session of Securing Sport 2013 by ICSS President Mohammed Hanzab and His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa bin Ahmed Al Thani, QFA President, the agreement states that the ICSS and QFA will cooperate to advance leadership capacity-building in football in Qatar, as well as safety and security planning, capabilities and infrastructure.

The ICSS will also endeavour to support the QFA across a number of key areas including development of leadership capacity and development of plans for crowd and risk mitigation management.

Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said:

This new agreement with the Qatar Football Association is an important step forward for the ICSS and highlights both the ICSS and the QFA’s commitment to advancing knowledge and capabilities in sport safety and security around the world and across the Gulf region. On behalf of the ICSS, I look forward to collaborating with the QFA on these exciting projects.