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Fiorentina ultras criticise security measures for Maccabi Haifa clash  

Fiorentina ultras group, Curva Fiesole have criticised the added security checks planned for the UEFA Europa Conference League second leg against Maccabi Haifa.

Local police want Fiorentina fans in stadium early

Fiorentina’s main ultras group, The Curva Fiesole, have announced that they will protest the significant security measures in place for tonight’s Conference League clash.

Local police have ordered fans to be in their seats at least 30 minutes before the game, which has angered members of The Curva Fiesole.

In a statement, the ultras group said: “It will be up to those in charge to decide whether or not to let us in.”

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The Fiorentina ultras group, Curva Fiesole, have been vocal about the increased security for tonight's European clash – Photo by Icon Sport

The game is set to kick-off at 17:45 GMT, which has led to only 6,700 tickets being sold so far at the Stadio Artemio Franchi. This includes around 800 away supporters from Israel.

Security increased for European match

Strict security measures have been put in place across Florence, including the closing of roads and four levels of checks in the VIP and media sections at the stadium. Bags and power banks are also not permitted, while bomb-sniffing dogs will be inside and outside the ground.

These increased safety measures are due to fears of potential terrorist attacks.

On the pitch

The Viola won the first leg 4-3 against Maccabi Haifa. It was played in Budapest due to the ongoing war in Israel.


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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