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By ESPN Staff
Sep 4, 2008

Berlusconi promises zero tolerance after trouble

ROME, Sept 4 (Reuters) - The Italian government will have zero tolerance of hooliganism after violence marred Napoli's 1-1 Serie A draw at AS Roma, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday.

Napoli fans were banned from away games for the rest of the season after a train was ransacked on Sunday, causing 500,000 euros ($725,900) worth of damage.

'We'll have no tolerance of those who commit violent and criminal acts especially if carried out in a mob,' Berlusconi told a news conference.

Local media said the Italian Soccer Federation may close Napoli's San Paolo Stadium for several games but Berlusconi, who also owns AC Milan, said it would be unfair to punish the club.

'I don't think Napoli, who have no blame, should be prosecuted for having indirect responsibility (for the trouble),' he said.

Italy has a serious hooligan problem. Last year a policeman and a fan of Rome club Lazio were killed in separate incidents.

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