Date: 27th May 2009 at 1:38pm
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The Champions League final is supposed to be a celebration of football, a meeting between to two finest European teams of the season, watched by billions it should be the climax to the footballing calendar.

However, the decision to host this year’s final in Rome means there was always going to be thought of violence bubbling under the surface.

Platini, Blatter and their cronies would have you believe that their first concern is for the safety of the fans, and that increased security means the possibility of trouble will be minimal, arguments have even been put forward that because an Italian team is not contesting the final that everything would run smoothly.

But here we are again, only a couple of months after Arsenal fans were attacked and stabbed in Rome, a Manchester United fan has now suffered the same fate. Fortunately for Mr Wheldon his injuries were minor and he will be able to take his seat for the match tonight.

Everyone knew it would happen, but it will be dismissed as the victim wasn’t seriously hurt. It appears that the powers that be are perfectly willing to wait for a fatality before taking action against this extremely apparent problem.

It’s a shame that the events of Bradford, Heysel and Hillsbourgh, even though unrelated, haven’t taught the governing bodies that action will provide much better results and prevent such tragic loss of life with much more efficiency than reaction..