Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini, has said politicians are working on a new law that will encourage the development of new sports stadia in the country.

Salvini, who is also Minister of the Interior, made the disclosure while discussing the future of the San Siro (pictured). The home of Serie A football clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan has been the subject of much debate in recent months.

Last month, it was reported that the city rivals have called on US financial services company Goldman Sachs to explore the possible construction of a new stadium. The two clubs announced in November that they had signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on a stadium project. They agreed to analyse a range of options, including a brand-new stadium or renovation of the iconic San Siro.

“We need new stadiums, not only in Milan but also every other Italian city,” Salvini said, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica, citing Ladyradio. “I say this as Minister of the Interior. I’m a romantic, but Milan needs a new stadium. If the San Siro remains as a museum or an arena for concerts, that’s fine.”

Salvini continued: “As a minister I’m tired of committing thousands and thousands of women and men in uniform every Sunday to check what happens outside and inside stadia using old systems, without cameras, without exits or emergency access points.

“We’re working on a law that will make it quicker, easier and less expensive to build new sports facilities because families have the right to go and see a game in peace.”

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