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Published:May 14th, 2009 19:27 EST
Concerns Over Safety Arise After 3 Fans Are Arrested Following Italian Cup Final

Concerns Over Safety Arise After 3 Fans Are Arrested Following Italian Cup Final

By Christopher HIllenbrand

Following the Italian Cup soccer final pitting Sampdoria against Lazio on Wednesday, three fans were brought into custody when pandemonium broke out among riled spectators, resulting in five police officers sustaining injuries and acts of vandalism to stores and businesses in the city of Rome.

Going into Wednesday`s match, Rome`s mayor Gianni Alemanno assured the public that local law enforcement would contain any kind of unruliness coming out of the game, but received flack for not properly handling the situation.

In the scuffle, several businesses in the city received extensive damage, while two Sampdoria fans were apprehended for possessing illegal fireworks and a Lazio follower was detained for inciting a disturbance with police officers.

The officers who were hurt during the fan backlash did not suffer serious injuries, according to city officials.

Authorities within the FIFA, as well as other world sports organizations, have debated whether to insert microchips into tickets to sporting events to track fans` movements as an aid to police and to deter any potential disruptions.

Rome will be presenting the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United on Wednesday, May 27th.