Italy's next move vs. racism: anti-terrorism listening tools

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October 22, 2019 - 6:16 am

FILE - In this Saturday, Sept.21, 2019 file photo, Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Inter Milan, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. The Italian soccer federation is considering employing an advanced listening device used in anti-terrorism operations to identify fans who sing racist chants. Federation president Gabriele Gravina has detailed "a passive radar device that uses directional microphones to determine the source of the noise." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

ROME (AP) — After five cases of racist chants in eight rounds of Serie A, the Italian soccer federation is considering employing advanced listening devices used in anti-terrorism operations to identify offending fans.

Federation president Gabriele Gravina has detailed "a passive radar device that uses directional microphones to determine the source of the noise. It can immediately determine who is making a racist chant — or it can illustrate the trajectory of fireworks."

Gravina adds that the tool being considered requires two panels per stadium section, is not overly expensive and is made by an Italian company.

He says the only obstacle is Italy's privacy laws, "because (the device) can also listen to private conversations inside the stadium."

The federation is coordinating with the Interior Ministry with the aim of testing the tools during Italy's European Championship qualifier against Armenia in Palermo, Sicily, next month.

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