Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has hit out at Italian football fans for their behaviour before and during the Torino derby over the weekend.
The Serie A champions went to their local-rivals knowing if results went their way they could be crowned champions for the fourth time in a row, but it was actions off the pitch that stole most of the headlines as fans caused issues before the game and even during the game.
Italian football matches have a reputation of getting rowdy and dangerous, with the latest coming during the Coppa Italia final last season, but with stakes at an all-time high, it seems the fans let the occasion get the better of them.
Before and During Troubles
Before the game, hundreds of Torino fans gathered round to prevent the Juve bus entering the stadium with people claiming eggs, bottles and stones were all pelted at the windows, smashing one of them in the process.
With plenty of Italian police around the ground, things eventually started to calm down and the fans started to make their ways inside the stadium to watch the football.
However, early on in the game, trouble resumed as fans started to throw objects at each other from the home end to the away end and vice versa.
According to reports, Torino fans started the attacks by hurling objects into the away section, but it was a Juve fan who set off a firework leading to most of the damage. Nine people were hurt after the explosion and several fans have since been arrested for their actions.
Italian police released a statement confirming that with the use of CCTV, they managed to arrest several fans from both clubs who were involved with the disruptions.
After the game, Allegri admitted that football in Italy is still far behind other European competitions and he believes it's not a safe place to bring children.
Allegri said: "In Italy we are still behind. Until the responsible parties take measures this is how it will be.
"We need to improve to bring people back to the stadium and kids first of all, given that only a madman would bring them along."
After the incidents happened, Juventus released a formal statement condemning all the actions that took place before and during the game.
The statement read: "Juventus condemns all forms of violence whether it be coming from their fans or those opponents. The facts today require a deep reflection on the part of football."
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