Italy says six stadiums can open for matches

February 8, 2007

ROME, Feb 8 (Reuters) - The Italian government said on Thursday that six stadiums could open for matches with fans in attendance, while others would not be allowed to open their terraces to spectators pending new security improvements.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that the six stadiums that could open were Rome, Genoa, Siena, Cagliari, Turin (Olimpico) and Palermo. All others - including Milan's San Siro - will remain closed to fans pending security improvements, the interior ministry ruled.

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani said the club was examining its options.

'We're free to decide to play behind closed doors. Some other cities have offered us their stadiums, like Geneva (Stade de Geneve) and Newcastle (St James' Park). But our inclination is to play at San Siro and let in season ticket holders.'

More stadiums may be opened in coming days if checks show they have installed security measures such as closed-circuit TV surveillance, numbered seating and electronic turnstiles.