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Inter Milan fan dies after clashes with Napoli supporters

Associated Press, December 26, 2018

MILAN – An Inter Milan fan died following clashes with Napoli supporters outside San Siro Stadium ahead of a Serie A game on Wednesday, which was also marred by racist chants.

Milan police chief Marcello Cardona said Thursday that investigators believe the 35-year-old fan, Daniele Belardinelli, may have been fatally struck by a van or SUV during the clashes.

Four Napoli fans were injured and at least three people arrested.

“You can’t die from going to the stadium to see a soccer match,” Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said.

Salvini added that he would gather club and fan representatives from all Serie A and B teams for a meeting to make sure “football returns to being a moment of fun and not violence. We’ll see if we can do what others weren’t able to.”

Cardona said he will request that Inter fans be banned from traveling to away games for the rest of the season and that the northern end of the San Siro, where Inter’s “ultra” fans are based, be closed until March 31.

Inter won Wednesday’s match 1-0.

The game was also marred by racist chants which targeted Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

The Senegal international, who had monkey noises directed at him throughout the match, received two yellow cards in quick succession, the second for sarcastically applauding the referee after being shown the first.

After the game, Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti threatened to lead his team off the field the next time one of his players was subjected to continued racist abuse. Ancelotti asked several times for the match against Inter to be halted, and announcements warning fans this would happen were made but no further action was taken.

It was the first time Serie A matches took place on Dec. 26 in nearly 50 years — since 1971.

Italian football federation president Gabriele Gravina said the incidents that occurred inside and outside the stadium were “no longer tolerable” and that he intends to simplify the rules for suspending matches.

It’s not the first time that clashes between rival fans have led to deaths in Italy.

Napoli supporter Ciro Esposito died 50 days after he was shot by a Roma supporter before the 2014 Italian Cup final.

That incident came before a match that Roma was not even involved in — although Napoli’s 3-1 win over Fiorentina was held in Rome.

Also, police officer Filippo Raciti was killed during riots following a Sicilian derby between Catania and Palermo in 2007.

Report: Giants fans sue for the right to heckle with vulgarities

ByDan Schneier Dec 29, 2018

We take a break from New York Giants coverage of the 2018 regular season, the future for franchise icon Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr.’s troublesome quad injury, and Saquon Barkley’s record-breaking rookie season to provide an update on a story we covered back in 2017. When the Giants played the San Francisco 49ers two seasons ago during a year where the franchise would just hours later fire their general manager and head coach, it was two ornery fans who made headlines.

Luckily for these two fans, who also happened to be brothers, their story was buried the following week as the Giants focus shifted to the departures of ex-head coach Ben McAdoo and ex-general manager Jerry Reese and who would replace them. The two brothers, Kyle and Patrick Flynn, played the role of away team fans who got a little too excited rooting for the Giants and against the home team 49ers (and their fans). Kyle and Patrick were removed from the 2017 Giants-49ers game by force as the security guards on duty deemed them to not be fit to remain after receiving complaints of them belligerently criticizing the team while causing a scene.

The scene got ugly fast. As the on-duty security guards tried to remove Kyle from the stadium, he allegedly fell over the guard railing where he was reportedly both tased and choked by officers on the scene. According to responding officers, Kyle was warned to stop using vulgarities in front of other fans, including when he continuously flipped off Giants players on the sidelines, and when they refused to, the action was taken.

Now, more than a full year later, Kyle and Patrick are suing. The Patrick brothers have filed a lawsuit claiming they had their First Amendment rights violated and that the stadium security and officers used excessive force in removing them.

The Post has pulled directly from the suit:

The suit states that the incident occurred on Nov. 12, 2017, at a game between Big Blue and the Niners, won by San Francisco, 31-21. The Flynns, who were seated close to the field, reportedly shouted “You [expletive] suck” and flipped off members of the Giants, who were losing the game.

They reportedly complied with an order from a Santa Clara police officer named Nicholas Cusimano to cease yelling profanities, but the Flynns were ejected after repeating those offenses later in the game.

According to the lawsuit, Kyle Flynn had to be forcibly removed from his seat, alleging he was grabbed and choked by officers and was “left in [a] restraint device” known as a WRAP “for at least 30 to 40 minutes.”

Kyle Patrick was arrested and charged with resisting arrest before later dropping all charges and dismissing the case.

Taylor Swift deploys facial recognition to identify stalkers

Taylor Swift used facial recognition technology during a concert at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl stadium earlier this year in an effort to spot potentially dangerous ‘super fans’, it has emerged.

The Rolling Stone magazine reports that the technology was implemented during the US popstar’s gig at the stadium on May 18.

Fans unknowingly had their faces scanned while watching rehearsal clips of Swift at the stadium. Recordings were then sent to a command centre in Nashville, where they were checked against a database of hundreds of Swift’s known stalkers.

“Everybody who went by would stop and stare at it, and the software would start working,” Mike Downing, chief security officer of Oak View Group, which advises venues on concert operations, told Rolling Stone.

Downing attended the Rose Bowl concert to witness a demonstration of the technology.

The Telegraph newspaper noted that the Rose Bowl would not need to inform fans that they are under surveillance as the stadium is a private company.

Facial recognition technology is on the rise in stadiums and arenas across the world. Earlier this year, Ticketmaster invested in facial recognition firm Blink Identity as part of plans to integrate the company’s technology with its own Presence tool.

Swift’s representatives did not respond to Rolling Stone’s requests for comments.

Concert Stampede In Italy Leaves 6 Dead, More Than 50 Injured

December 10, 2018 Olivia Perreault

During a concert in Italy over the weekend, a spray was released into the air, causing a stampede to break out, killing six fans and injuring over 50.

The concert, led by Italian rapper Sfera Ebbasta, took place Saturday night at the Blue Lantern disco in Corinaldo, Italy, near Ancona on the Adriatic coast. According to the Associated Press, survivors said an irritant spray was released into the air around 1 a.m., which led the crowd to panic. Teenagers began to rush out a door and toward a low wall near an exit. However, the barrier gave way and people began to fall and trip over one another.

TV RaiNews24 reported that bodies of the trampled victims were found near a low wall and most had their skulls crushed during the incident. Three girls and two boys – ranging from ages 14 to 16 – were killed, along with a 39-year-old mother who had brought her daughter to the show, Col. Cristian Carrozza, commander of the Ancona province Carabinieri paramilitary police, said.

The injuries ranged from arm and leg ailments to cranial and chest traumas, doctors at Ancona’s main hospital said. An 18-year-old survivor said that the irritant spray left herself and others unable to breathe, which caused some survivors to leave the venue with burns.

“I’m deeply saddened by what happened,” rapper Ebbasta said in an Instagram post. “I don’t want to pass judgment on who is responsible, but I would just like to ask everyone to stop and think how dangerous and stupid it can be to use pepper spray in a nightclub.”

While the Blue Lantern was only supposed to hold about 870 people, authorities said around 1,400 tickets were sold – far too many for the venue. The disco has three rooms, but only one was held for the concert, which only holds 469 people.

Italian President Sergio Mattarella demanded a full investigation, noting that “citizens have the right to safety wherever they are, in workplaces as well as places of entertainment.” At this time, the fire commander said it was too early to know if any safety violations at the site played a role in the tragedy. Premier Giuseppe Conte added that the event was “way overcrowded and alcohol abounded.”

“The government must ask itself what to [do] so that such tragedies must never happen again,” Conte said.

Scanning for guns

From Russ- thanks

I recently heard a story where a female got a loaded handgun through security screening because she placed the gun in her underwear (front side) and then told the wanders that her piercings were setting it off. The wander didn’t want to go further in the screening process, so he let her in.

This illustrates the importance of making sure that every patron is cleared.

What should have happened here is that when the screener could not clear the alarm they should have called a supervisor. If the supervisor could not clear the alarm then it should have been elevated to law enforcement.

Bottom line is no person who is not fully cleared should be allowed into a building.

Russ Simons

Chief Listening Officer

Managing Partner
Venue Solutions Group
7105 Peach Court
Suite 108
Brentwood TN 37027

Pro Football Stadiums Aim to Stem Fan Violence

by Andy Berg
November 2018

The $1 million lawsuit filed this week by a Cowboys fan who was severely beaten at a game two years ago is yet another reason professional football stadium operators are trying their best to get fan violence under control.

According to the Dallas ABC affiliate, Michael Kennedy and his wife M’Kale are suing the Cowboys organization for negligence. Kennedy alleges that he and his wife decided to leave their seats during an Oct. 30, 2016, game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of unruly and belligerent fans who were kicking their seats and spilling beer on them.

After alerting the aisle attendant of the fans’ behavior, Kennedy says he was attacked. The lawsuit describes a bloody beating wherein Kennedy was kicked, punched and stomped on.

Stadium security allegedly told Kennedy that they tried to call for help but their radios weren’t working. The lawsuit alleges that the Cowboy’s organzation “failed to take reasonable safety measures” that could’ve prevented the attack, including functioning radios, and failed to protect its fans.”

It’s the kind of incident that can be exacerbated by rival matchups like the one Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., is set to host this weekend between the San Francisco 49ers and the Oakland Raiders. Violent clashes between fans erupted in the parking lot of Oakland-Alameda Coliseum the last time the two teams faced off in December 2014. Prior to that, two men were shot in the parking lot of Candlestick Park when the two teams met in 2011.

According to The Mercury News, officials are planning a number of extra security measures for this weekend, including boosting the number of undercover officers in the stands who will sport jerseys of both teams.

“The history of games between these two teams is known to us,” Santa Clara police Capt. Wahid Kazem said, acknowledging previous violent clashes among fans. “This will be quite different than any other football game we’ve hosted this year.”

Levi’s Stadium is also adding temporary holding cells, as well an additional 800 security cameras. The stadium will also be clamping down on any post-Halloween spillover, noting that they will not allow any masks into the event.

Kazem said that police will exercise their discretion to end alcohol sales inside the stadium earlier than the standard end-of-third-quarter cutoff if they find themselves responding to an unusual amount of confrontations in the stands or concourses.

“We recognize the fact that this is a highly charged game and rivalry, and people can get overzealous,” said Jim Mercurio, Levi’s general manger and the team’s vice president of stadium operations. “For the most part, if people want to come down here and try to misbehave, they’re going to find themselves met with resistance. If you’re coming to the game to enjoy a nice rivalry and root for your team, you’ll have a great time.”

The increased security comes as the victim of a parking lot assault at Levi’s Stadium earlier this month is still in critical condition at a local hospital.

David Aguilera Gonzales, 34, was charged with assault by means of force causing great bodily harm after he punched a man several times following the 49ers game against the Arizona Cardinals. Gonzales is free on $75,000 bail and is scheduled to return to court Dec. 13.

Fans reportedly lob Molotov cocktails, fireworks in stands of AEK-Ajax match

Liz Roscher
Yahoo SportsNov 27, 2018, 3:09 PM

Fan animosity has reportedly turned into violence at a Champions League match in Greece’s Olympic Stadium. AEK Athens FC hosted Dutch club AFC Ajax on Tuesday night, and fans have been spotted throwing what appear to be fireworks, flares, and Molotov cocktails into the stands.

According to multiple outlets, AEK Athens fans were responsible for throwing things into the Ajax fan section, but no arrests have been reported.” data-reactid=”29″>No injuries have been reported, but photos show fans bleeding from injuries in the stands, or possibly from clashes with Greek riot police. According to multiple outlets, AEK Athens fans were responsible for throwing things into the Ajax fan section, but no arrests have been reported.

Some of these incidents reportedly occurred prior to kickoff, with fans fighting with riot police. The riot police were able to calm the crowd so the game could get underway on time, but there were also reports of similar incidents taking place during the second half of the game.

Ajax won the match 2-0.

Man armed with BB gun shoots at theater crowd; No injuries

By – Associated Press – Friday, November 23, 2018

PITTSBURGH (AP) – Authorities say a man armed with a BB gun started firing shots into a crowd outside an entertainment venue in Pittsburgh, but no injuries were reported.

The shooting at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts occurred around 7 p.m. Wednesday, shortly before a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Witnesses say 29-year-old city resident Andre Freeman Jr., who was dressed all in black, began waving a BB gun near the theater entrance and soon started firing at the crowd gathered on the sidewalk. But the site’s chief security officer soon tackled Freeman and held him until police arrived.

A motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately known.

Freeman faces numerous counts, including risking a catastrophe and discharging a firearm or airgun. It’s not known if he’s retained an attorney.

Man Stabbed During Pusha T Concert in Toronto

By The Associated Press

  • TORONTO — One person has life-threatening injuries after a stabbing at a Pusha T concert in Toronto.
  • Toronto Police Constable David Hopkinson said Wednesday three others were treated at a hospital for minor injuries at the Danforth Music Hall late Tuesday. Hopkinson said the patient who was stabbed remains in critical condition.

    Video on social media shows drinks being hurled onstage toward Pusha T and fights breaking out as some people charge the stage.

    Hopkinson said someone rushed the stage and several people were injured in resulting melees, but it’s unclear whether the stabbing victim was wounded inside or outside the venue. Police didn’t find out someone was stabbed until they noticed someone with serious stab wounds at a local hospital.

    Man charged with bringing gun to Soldier Field during Bears, Vikings game


    A 57-year-old convicted felon is facing weapon charges after he allegedly brought a loaded gun to Sunday night’s Chicago Bears game against the Minnesota Vikings.

    Security at Soldier Field was alerted about the weapon shortly before 7:30 p.m. when Levi Flemister walked through a metal detector at the stadium, Cook County prosecutors said.

    Chicago police were called after Flemister handed over the .38-caliber revolver loaded with two live rounds.

    Flemister was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and could also face a charge of being an armed habitual criminal, prosecutors said at a bond hearing Monday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

    An assistant public defender said Flemister had taken someone else’s coat and did not realize the gun was in the pocket.  Flemister likely would not have tried to walk through security if he was attempting to sneak the gun inside, the defense attorney said.

    Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke questioned how Flemister did not feel the weight on the gun in his pocket when he put the coat on.

    The assistant public defender responded by saying that the gun was a lightweight “derringer-style” revolver with only two rounds.

    Flemister, a life-long resident of Cook County, is an honorably discharged Army veteran, the attorney added.

    Prosecutors said Flemister is not allowed to possess the weapon because of his previous felony convictions for armed robbery and vehicular hijacking.

    Those convictions were more than 15 years old, Flemister’s assistant public defender noted.

    Lyke said he was particularly concerned about Flemister’s criminal history in light of the charge.

    “What’s more disturbing to me is his background,” Lyke said in considering bail.

    Lyke ultimately denied Flemister bail, but said his ruling could be reconsidered at the next hearing.

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