So a while back I mentioned the delightful first hand experience of heavy handed and pointless Italian policing which CB & I got to enjoy. Seven of our companions on that day have received banning orders & further penal measures may yet ensue. They are all banned for the next two years from attending any organised sporting event whatsoever within the territory of Italy at any level, whether amateur or professional, competitive or friendly, national or international. Those of you whose lives revolve heavily around sport can perhaps try to imagine what this might feel like.
They are advised by an experienced lawyer who works almost exclusively in this field that there is a reasonable chance of successful appeal, and are consequently following this path; the expense of instructing the solicitor and lodging the appeal is of course not inconsiderable, and they are all of course young and in a state of what we call precarietà over here.
As a result they are trying to raise funds to meet their legal costs, as you can see here on their homepage or on their blog and have set up a dedicated Postepay card to this end. Should you be moved to contribute, then it is very easy to do within Italy (via any Post Office or Sisal point). If you are outside Italy it is rather more tricky, but email me and we could certainly sort something out.