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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Oct 14, 2008

Italy police view footage of Bulgaria trouble

Italian police have travelled to Sofia to look at video images of the ugly scenes during Saturday's World Cup qualifier between Italy and Bulgaria in an effort to hunt down those who caused the trouble.

A section of fans in the away section threw bottles at Bulgarian supporters and made fascist salutes and chants during the goalless draw.

There were also minor incidents outside the stadium, including three Italian fans burning a Bulgarian flag.

Italian Football Federation president Giancarlo Abete hopes those responsible for the trouble will be punished.

"Tickets were sold with names on them so we can trace every single person," said Abete. "The fans will be punished.

"What happened in Sofia has truly damaged Italy, not only in football but the image of our country."

Abete decided on the wake of Saturday4s incidents to ban Italy fans from the national team's away games indefinitely.

"It has been a very hard decision but a meditated one," he said.

"There was a large consensus from the public to try to isolate those who want to turn stadiums into a battlefield."

With FIFA having launched an investigation into the incidents, security has been stepped up for Wednesday's qualifier between Italy and Montenegro in Lecce.

Italy coach Marcello Lippi, meanwhile, has agreed to be filmed in a DVD against racism.

"In my career of 40 years, I have never leaned towards any political side," he said. "I got a call from Moni Ovadia to take part in a DVD against racism and I have given my availability. I will never speak of politics."

Bulgarian-born Moni Ovadia is an actor and author who lives in Italy.

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