Citing the on-going effects the Eurozone crisis , a hardcore group of Lazio fans, the Banda Noantri, have filed for bankruptcy in a Rome court.
Claiming that costs of staging running street brawls, and maintaining a thorough armament of missiles to hurl at players and opposing fans, had risen to ‘out of control levels’, the group was left unable to cover debts.
A spokesperson for the group, Giuseppi Rondoncero, claimed that it was a “sad day” for fans of ultraviolence and hooliganism.
He said: “It is very hard to take; we have a loyal group of alienated young thugs ready to go out and disrupt Lazio games all season long.
“We are all some of these young guys have – without the running street battles with the carabinieri, and the time spent recovering in hospital from various injuries, they will have nothing.”
Speaking on the court steps following moves to put the outfit – consisting of roughly two hundred unemployed young men aged under thirty – into administration, Rondoncero alluded to the costs associated with maintaining an effective social disorder unit.
He said: “Like any group, we have overheads; koshes, bike chains, flares – then there’s the paint and fabric we need to make banners featuring slogans celebrating fascism.
“There are some talented young boys here too – always coming up with new racist slogans and taunts to shout at the black players who come here. It’s a shame to see this go to waste.”