Italy fans protest plans to issue ID cards

A few hundred fans have marched through central Rome to protest government plans to require police-approved identity cards for fans to enter reserved sections of stadiums.

The Interior Ministry has said the cards offer benefits, such as priority in ticket purchases and a faster entrance to stadiums.

But the cards are primarily a security measure since fans who have been convicted of violence in the past five years or been barred from matches won’t receive the police clearance necessary to get them.

On Saturday, a few hundred fans from all over the country converged on Rome to denounce the cards. Many sported “No to the fan card” T-shirts and locked arms.

The protest was clouded by smoke from flares, but was largely peaceful.