La tessera del tifoso: Reloaded

Following up on yesterday's video against the tessera del tifoso, I though I'd impromptu share two more videos highlighting the complete absurdity of the measure. If you're previously unfamiliar with it, the tessera is a form of membership for fans (as if by serendipity connected to a VISA card) for which you are not eligible if you have been accused by the police for any sort of crime in connection to a sporting event in the past five years. The membership is required if: (1) you wish to buy a season ticket; (2) you wish to travel to away games.

There are a few problems with each of these. First of all, there is grounds on which to question the rule of law at any random Italian sporting event. Fans can be summarily rounded up and lumped together with the ones who are actually causing trouble. That means that if you're at the wrong place at the wrong timewhich isn't always easy to avoid when trying to enter a stadiumyou're liable to get slapped with a daspo (ban on attending sporting events). The man behind the measure, Minister of the Interior Roberto Maroni, has said of his creation:

Our objective is to give guarantees to those who wish to watch the game in peace.

The quote sounds admirable, but is problematic as the following video will show. To provide context, the opening part explains that fans with the membership card can buy tickets in the away section of games. Business as usual, in other words. Fans without the membership card on the other hand, cannot. This forces them to buy tickets allotted to the home fans, the obvious result being that they now occupy the same space inside the stadium. The rest of the video, from 0:35 onwards, shows some examples of the burlesque consequences of this divide and speaks for itself (I hope, let me know otherwise):



So what we now have is a situation in which opposing fans are forced together in the same space. So that there are guarantees to those who wish to watch the game in peace, no? The irony is that a well known truth to anyone who's attended football live in Italy is that an overwhelming majority of all violence happens not inside stadiums but in areas where everyone still has access. Outside the stadiums, a few kilometers away, or even on highway stops.

That point is emphasized in the following video, a piece of media criticism dissecting an ad for the tessera:



Asks the video, "In these 30 seconds, were you informed on what the tessera is?", "Why it is connected to a credit card?", "Why this measure isn't being used elsewhere in the World?".