The Italian football federation has warned players against getting too close to the tourists during a festive period.
The country is known for its high numbers of tourists visiting the region, and while some can be quite welcoming, it’s always best to be mindful of the crowds, said Federico Crespo, the head of the Italian Football Association (FIGC).
“It’s best to not be too close and if you can, do not go into the crowds and get in the way of the people,” he told reporters.
“The people who are really interested are tourists, not the players.”
The FIGC is hoping that the tourism boost will be enough to prevent another such disaster in the coming months, when the tournament starts in May.
However, Crespos comments do not seem to be the only worry.
Many tourists in Italy are coming for the sightseeing, and the FIGC hopes to prevent a repeat of last year’s disaster.
According to a recent survey conducted by the FIGA, the number of people visiting Italy from abroad has gone down by around 25 percent since last year.
According the study, almost half of the foreign tourists who were surveyed said they were travelling to Italy to enjoy the season, compared to the last survey.
“We are not worried about a disaster,” Crespus said.
“But we need to make sure that the tourists don’t become the problem.”