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italian dave

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italian dave last won the day on July 5 2014

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  1. Possibly. But certainly no room for complacency. Hate crime has gone up significantly since 2016, and the BBC reporting today that football hate crime is up by 47%. We’ve got a prime minister who’s got a track record of overt racism. And I’m not sure Korey would be feeling quite so positive just now. I think you’re right, but we seem to have started heading back to the 70s ourselves.
  2. This week the Italian press is reporting the arrest of 12 Juventus "fans", many are the 'heads' of the various Ultra groups that follow the club. The arrests are for various offences, some not football related, but the headlines are around the football related ones, principally extortion of free tickets from the club (which they then re-sell - and Italy has even stricter rules on football tickets than we do). They expect these free tickets as a right. Amongst the ways they do this is by threatening the club with starting deliberate racist chants, which they and the club know will result in fines, and other penalties. And they can do it. They are incredibly powerful among the supporters groups and can shut down the whole Curva Sud if they want to. It's equally prevalent at other clubs: the Lazio ultras have had an ongoing battle with their Chairman for 2-3 years, and have been able to make sure that for whole seasons the Curva Nord is virtually empty. Whats making the headlines this week is that Juve are the first club to have actively cooperated with the police, secret filming, providing evidence and so on. And that's no small ask, these guys are dangerous and officials of the club are at risk. There is a guy who was acting as a link between the Ultras and the club who jumped off a bridge a while back, and that case is now being re opened because they think it might not have been suicide. It certainly puts our issues with flares, section eighty two, the SLO and so on into perspective!!,
  3. No problems in Italy: followed the Stoke game on OTIB.
  4. What would help would be some training for the stewards on what the colours mean. The steward at the Atyeo end of the Dolman challenged OAPs about not being under 12!
  5. The laws are just getting way too complicated. Needlessly so. It's either offside or it isn't. Same with handball. How can the same situation be handball in some circumstances but not others.
  6. Not quite sure who you mean by 'those people' . The people who stopped us leaving in March were Jacob Rees Mogg and his chums. I'm not sure they are the people out on the streets today. Half of them are in the cabinet.
  7. Decent keepers. Can't say I remember anything much else about them, apart from Phillips being prone to drop crosses and throw his toys out of the pram. (Plus, in fairness, that penalty save at the Mem, albeit a shocking pen kick!). Basso, on the other hand.........where to start. Inspirational character, always believe, such fast feet, came from nowhere and left for nowhere but looked world class at City, concussed at Yeovil and refusing to leave the pitch, arguably the last real leader we had.
  8. You're having a laugh.......public transport with the capacity to meet public demand? Public services that provide services the public need. Whatever next? There are far more important things the public needs its money spent on. The bottomless pit that is Brexit. Tax cuts for the rich. Dozens more members of the House of Lords to fund. These are the things that matter.....
  9. Tele-portation will have become the norm before Bristol gets a joined up public transport system.
  10. I hope we'll be getting some live updates from at least one of the hundreds of 'Teds at the swamp today.
  11. "Assume"? I'm assuming nothing until it's on the club's website.
  12. Very sad, and so young. RIP Junior
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