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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2007, 16:15 GMT
Gyan keen on Italian fans' return
Asamoah Gyan
Gyan played behind closed doors in Udinese's recent loss at Fiorentina

Ghana international Asamoah Gyan is desperately hoping Italy's Ministry of Internal Affairs will allow Udinese to play in front of fans on Sunday.

The Ministry will rule shortly whether Udinese's Stadio Fruli is fit to host supporters for the Serie A visit of Parma.

"Playing in empty stadiums without fans is not encouraging and does not motivate you on the field," Gyan told BBC Sport.

"Sometimes, you can lose concentration because it's very difficult to play without fans."

"Maybe this week, we are going to play with fans - that would be a good thing for us and help us a lot."

The 21-year-old Black Star, who became the first Ghanaian to score at a World Cup finals last year, played behind closed doors in Udinese's 2-0 defeat at Fiorentina earlier this month.

The move came as a result of a crackdown on supporters following the death of policeman Filippo Raciti at the league match between Catania and Palermo earlier this month.

"I've never experienced these things before in my life but you have to use these things as an experience," Gyan explained.

"I'm a young guy and it's good to experience them because it will help me cope in future."

Three Serie A matches are certain to be played behind closed doors this weekend: Chievo v Torino, Atalanta v Palermo and Catania v Inter.

Catania have been ordered to play the remainder of their home matches this season behind closed doors at neutral venues after the violence which resulted in Raciti's death.

Udinese, who lie tenth in Serie A, face a Parma side who are second bottom in the 20-team league.

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