Despite pressure from Serie A clubs, the Italian Parliament passed a bill ramping up security for football matches in Italy.
The bill accounts for extra security measures, including allowing the use of tasers, and will be paid by a one- to three-percent tax on ticket sales for Serie A clubs. The league believes that the tax is illegal.
“The Italian football system is already contributing to general taxation of the country for a total of €1 billion and €34 million of direct and indirect taxes, 741 of which are attributable only to the Serie A club,” said a league representative.
Serie A continued to the fight the tax, despite it passing in the House, but it was not enough to stop it from passing in the Senate as well. The tax will cost clubs between €2.5–7.5 million and cover extra time for police officers and other additional security costs in every stadium.