In the wake of the suspension of Juventus Stadium’s Curva Nord and Curva Sud following recidivist discriminatory chants repeated in the match between Juventus FC and SSC Napoli, the bianconeri requested that the seats be made available to children instead.
An estimated 16,000 seats would be offered to children for the game versus Udinese Calcio, which would be reduced only to the seats in the Curva Sud (over 9,000) for the next game versus US Sassuolo, since the Curva Nord is suspended only for 1 match. Bureaucratic details are being worked out by Juventus FC to make this unique initiative a reality.
The thorniest issue, however, is changing the game time: currently the game is scheduled to begin at 20:45, but given the new demography of the spectators it would be more sensible to play it at 15:00. This raises another issue: the Lega di Serie A is obliged to grant an evening game as per their TV contract, and is currently deciding which game to postpone to 20:45 in lieu.
Furthermore, the authorities are trying to organize additional initiatives as part of this experience in order to add to this opportunity messages of civility and sportsmanship.
However, this initiative does not lack controversy. In fact, Juventus’ fan clubs that occupy the Curve are unhappy that the club did not appeal the suspension emanated by the Osservatorio and are threatening Juventus brass with abstaining from supporting the team with their chants and banners during the key home match against Copenhagen FC.
Will children be allowed to watch the games versus Udinese and Sassuolo in place of the suspended fans? Will Juventus fans cheer for their team in their key Champions League match? Stay tuned!