CNN PRODUCER NOTE giannantonio estimated that around a 1,000 people gathered to protest in the middle of town in Emilia-Romagna, Italy, on the evening of January 11 because a stadium, built for the local football team, was sold to a team from another city. 'This thing is not liked also because the stadium was sold at a very low price since the company owner had failed for bad management,' he said. He photographed football fans protesting on the streets, but was not involved in the demonstration. 'These people are asking for local administrators to make sure that Reggio can buy back the stadium and can support the local football team,' he said.
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
The passion for football in Italy is well known. Fans of Italian soccer teams , especially the more intransigent , they are often willing to do anything to show their faith in their team . But when the football stadium of their city and footbal team is sold to the owner of an opposing team , then the football fan can implement a social protest that goes beyond sports faith. It 'just what happened in Reggio Emilia . The stadium of the local team - Reggiana football club - was purchased by an industrial entrepreneur who is also the owner of an opposing team . While citizens did not substantially interested in this fact, fans historians, those strongly linked to the fate of Reggiana football , they could not bear what happened . Their protest is directed mainly against the political institutions , guilty, according to them, by failing to prevent the sale of their stadium. I photographed the protest, however, was spectacular but fortunately peaceful.