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Milan cleared to host Champions League ties

ROME, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Inter and AC Milan will play their next Champions League home matches at the San Siro stadium although the crowd capacity will be limited, UEFA said on Thursday.

The venue had been in doubt because of stepped-up safety regulations after a policeman was killed in rioting at a Serie A match in Sicily on Feb. 2.

Inter host Valencia on Wednesday, while AC Milan will play Celtic on March 7.

In a statement on its website, UEFA said the permitted capacity for the Inter match would be 36,000 spectators, of which 1,800 would be visiting fans.

No capacity has yet been set for Milan's game, although the UEFA statement said 4,500 tickets would be made available for Celtic supporters. When full, the San Siro holds 85,000.

UEFA's decision to allow in Valencia and Celtic fans contrasts with the ban on visiting fans laid down by the Italian Football Federation for domestic games at the stadium.

In Serie A the San Siro is only open to Milan and Inter's season-ticket holders after emergency works last week to install electronic turnstiles brought it closer to complying with safety regulations.

Meanwhile, the Italian government has given the go-ahead for Parma's Tardini stadium to reopen to the public for Sunday's Serie A match against Sampdoria.

The decision to allow spectators back into the ground followed an inspection of newly-installed electronic turnstiles on Thursday.

The Tardini is the fifth Serie A stadium to come into line with security regulations laid down in a tough anti-hooligan plan approved by the government last week after a policeman was killed during rioting at a match between Catania and Palermo.

Another Serie A ground, Reggina's Granillo stadium, was also reopened but only to the club's season ticket holders after works brought it close to complying with the regulations.

The president of Italy's Football League, which oversees the interests of clubs in the top two divisions, was satisfied with the way clubs were working to improve safety at their grounds.

'Let's hope we can open more stadiums next week. It's important to protect the interests of our clients, the season-ticket holders,' Antonio Matarrese said.