I’m absolutely disgusted by what happened yesterday in Rome.
Now, I don’t know the details because I am not a football fan, but there was this match, Rome - Feyenoord, and a lot of Dutch supporters came into the city. The Feyenoord supporters had a total unacceptable behaviour. They seriously behaved like animals.
I’ve heard of first disorders in Campo dei Fiori, the day before the match, between drunk Feyenoord supporters and the police.
The biggest and worst damages have been done yesteday though, February 19th, at Piazza di Spagna, one of the most famous and beautiful squares in Rome.
The fountain was full of stuff, like ballons, cans, bottles of beer and other garbage. It also reported a lot of damages, there are missing marble pieces and the authorities for the Cultural Patrimony said the damages will be permanent.
The fountain had been restored for nearly an year and given back to the city of Rome in all its beauty something like, a year ago, for the price of 200.000 €. And now all the work thas has been done is useless.
I understand that not every people can love and feel overwhelmed by the beauty of art. And that’s ok. I respect that. What I DON’T ACCEPT is the LACK OF RESPECT shown by these people towards the history and the heritage of a population (italian, in this case, but this can be referred as a general accusation).
I think sport is a beautiful thing, but it should keep people together, not tear them apart, and above all IT MUSTN’T BE A SOURCE OF HATE!
I don’t know it they wanted to show us that their team was better than ours, but THAT WAS NOT THE RIGHT WAY.
I felt so sad and angry.
Yesterday, for us, art was dead.
(Damages for the city also included buses broken by the hooligans when they where being transported to watch the match, garbage everywhere, scared people hidden in their houses and shops, and hooligans peeing in the streets.)