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Hospital closed for fear of fan invasion September 24, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Sports.

A hospital which overlooks the stadium of Italian second division side Crotone will be closed to visitors on Tuesday (local time) for fear of an invasion by ticketless fans desperate to see their team play Juventus.

With the game at the Ezio Scida stadium a 9,500 sell-out, staff at the San Giovanni di Dio Hospital fear supporters without tickets will come into the building to try and watch the match.

As a result, visitors will not be allowed in after 3:00pm, several hours before kick-off, while security checks will be stepped up to stop intruders.

The visit of fallen giants Juventus has sparked a frenzy in the Calabrian city with the last 4,000 tickets for the match being snapped up in a few hours on Sunday (local time).

Juventus, the most successful and best supported club in Italy, were relegated to the second division and given a 17-point penalty for being the main offenders in the Serie A match-fixing scandal.

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