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After police complaint, Juventus purges ultras with neo-fascist and mafia ties

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Analysis. Among the 12 people targeted, we find well-known leaders of the ultras, some already convicted of murders and ties with organized crime, and all of them belonging to the world of neo-fascism.

written by Luca Pisapia

September 20, 2019

In the world of soccer, marred by outrageous profits, dramatically inflated budgets, phantom properties and clubs that make it a habit to go bankrupt once in a while, we find ourselves at one of those cyclical moments of catharsis and wiping the slate clean: the ultras are finally being held to account.

“Evil, pure and simple, without any possible justification or motivation”—this is how Valerio Marchi famously summed up of the concept of “folk devils” from British soccer fan sociology. On Monday, following a lengthy investigation by the Turin Prosecutor’s office, coordinated by municipal prosecutor Chiara Maina and assistant prosecutor Patricia Caputo, DIGOS has executed warrants for several precautionary measures—including arrests, house arrests, bans from attending sporting events and forced residence—for 12 people belonging to historical groups of Juventus fans, such as the “Drughi,” “Tradizione,”........

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