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The “mini-stand” that awaits Sporting fans in Bergamo and UEFA’s clarification: “It has been approved and approved” – Sporting

The “mini-stand” that awaits Sporting fans in Bergamo and UEFA’s clarification: “It has been approved and approved” – Sporting

Only 750 Lions will support the team against Atalanta due to construction work at the stadium and there are security concerns

Sporting, from its team to its fans, ended its trip to Bergamo, where on Thursday a European duel with Atalanta will take place. After Austria, in the match against Sturm Graz, and Poland, against Rakov, it is interesting that the trip to Italy will have… more restrictions. Starting with the ongoing works at Joyce Stadium, which will limit the level of support for Ruben Amorim’s team.

Works are underway at Joyce Stadium

As a result of the ongoing restructuring process at Atalanta’s home – which was due to start in 2022, but has now been postponed until last summer – Sporting were entitled to just 750 tickets to distribute to their fans, who flew in within… eight minutes. As can be seen in the image above, the visitors’ sector, in blue, has been moved from the Joyce Stadium – formerly known as Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia – due to work on the remaining stands, and right next to the stadium the works are being carried out. This is happening, so much so that several cranes have been placed. In the immediate vicinity of the complex.

The limited number of seats and the apparently fragile condition of the seats reserved for Sporting fans raised some security concerns among them, which can be seen from posts on social media. In this regard, register UEFA, the body that oversees European football, questioned the point of highlighting that after an inspection, the stadium had been approved and “approved”. “As organizers of the competition, we carried out a condition inspection of the Atalanta stadium at the beginning of the season, due to the reconstruction of the stadium. It was approved and certified by the supervisors as meeting the minimum requirements. Capacity They explained to our newspaper that the visiting platform complies with the regulations. Atalanta also respected Article 38 of the regulations. Competition. Conditions for access to the visiting sector are determined by the host club.

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Article 38 referred to by UEFA relates to the issuance of tickets and highlights, among other aspects, that “visited clubs must make at least 5% of the total UEFA-approved capacity of their stadium available exclusively to fans.” Visitor, in an isolated and safe area. Explains the 750 places allocated to green and white.

Access via…emergency stairs

The sector may seem “fragile,” but it is “in good shape.” Warranty is given for register Written by Marco Lombardi, Italian journalist from CalcioNapoli 24, who covered the Atalanta-Napoli match, played last Saturday, in Bergamo. As with Sporting, Gli Azurri could only get 750 people to support them. “It’s a small stand. Looking at the pictures, it might look dangerous, but it’s ready to receive fans. During the match, Napoli fans jumped in their seats and nothing happened. The new stand is being built below,” he began to explain. , admitting, on the other hand, that the most “strange” detail is… outside: “At the entrance it might be more difficult, because the fans have to use a kind of metal emergency ladder, covered, to get in.” As for the work around it, it is not It obstructs the view of the stadium in any way.” Moreover, Lombardi emphasizes that the sector is “well isolated,” so there will be no chance of it being “stormed” by Atalanta fans. He adds: “It is impossible for them to get there. There are a lot of police and security around.”

Marco Lombardi, an Italian journalist from CalcioNapoli 24, covered the Atalanta-Napoli match and spoke to Record.

As for the level of the Lions’ opponent, not even the defeat against Napoli (1-2) should have a significant impact on the morale of the Lions’ reception. “Atalanta thought Napoli would not be as aggressive and brave as they were. The speed of Kvaratskhelia and Elmas was a problem for Gimseti and Scalvini. However, some of their fellow journalists from Bergamo say the mentality will be different in the Europa League, especially because qualification for the next stage is so close. “It’s an opportunity they can’t miss.”

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Sporting, from its team to its fans, ended its trip to Bergamo, where on Thursday a European duel with Atalanta will take place. After Austria, in the match against Sturm Graz, and Poland against…


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