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Fans without membership cards could be banned from Serie A away games

According to a recent report from Ansa.it, it seems the plans to implement a membership scheme in Italy have taken a controversial turn with the news that any supporters who refuse to sign up will be denied access to away fixtures from January.

With the new ‘fans membership card’ set to be introduced in 2010, all those wishing to attend games on the peninsula will now be subjected to more rigorous checks, unless they have signed up to the voluntary scheme.

Given the widespread objection to the proposal, there were questions about how many fans would bother applying for the voluntary card. However, following the recent announcement from the Italian Home Office, it seems supporters now have little choice, if they wish to follow their clubs on the road.