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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 10, 2007

Milan stadium fan ban partially lifted

MILAN, Italy -- A spectator ban for the San Siro stadium, home to Serie A teams AC Milan and Inter Milan, was partially lifted following an inspection by government officials on Saturday.

The 83,600-seat stadium will be open to season ticket holders only for AC Milan's league match against Livorno on Sunday. Milan, which is owned by media mogul and former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, announced the news on its Web site.

The club reportedly has up to 50,000 season ticket holders.

San Siro was one of 25 arenas in Italy's top two divisions closed on Thursday for failing to meet new security standards -- approved by the government after the Feb. 2 death of a policeman in rioting at a Serie A game between Catania and Palermo.

The safety requirements include having closed circuit surveillance cameras and turnstiles at the entrances.

Milan's sport and security assessor Giovanni Terzi said Friday that the club was installing 28 turnstiles to allow at least 50,000 people to enter the stadium on Sunday.

Six of 11 Serie B matches were played behind closed doors on Saturday, while four of 11 Serie A games will be played in empty stadiums on Sunday.

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