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Last Updated: Friday, 13 April 2007, 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Italian reveal plan to host 2012 Euros
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Football authorities in Italy have revealed a plan they hope will put an end to violence at matches and help them secure the rights to host the European Championships in 2012.

The Italian Football Federation, along with the Italian government says it will use stewards to take charge of security inside stadiums and leave police in control of fans outside.

The decision of who will host Euro 2012 will be made on 18 April.

The authorities have taken the decision after criticism of the way the Italian police handled the trouble inside the Stadio Olimpico during the recent Roma and Manchester United Champions League tie, which left 11 United fans needing hospital treatment.

The recent problems with violence in Italy looked to have dented the country's chances of hosting Euro 2012.

The bids project manager, Luigi Ludovici, told BBC World Service programme World Football that the "the scandal is in the past, now we are looking to the future" and the changes will "probably take a year" to be put in place for Serie A and Serie B matches.

Mr Ludovici also admitted that the Stadio Olympico needs a lot of work before it is ready to host the Champions League final in 2009.

The Italians are one of three nations bidding for the tournament alongside joint bids from Hungary and Croatia, plus Poland and Ukraine.

The decision of who will host Euro 2012 will be made by Uefa in Cardiff on 18 April.

Hear more about the Euro 2012 bids on World Football on BBC World Service on Saturday at 7.30 or 11.30am BST.

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