This text is translate of great interview that Claudio “Il Bocia” Galimberti (leader of Curva Nord Atalanta) gave to Bergamo local TV station in year 2009, after he got 5 years ban. Repression in Italy since then get even worst, you can read more about it here.
> Curva Nord is closed!? This news has been published in several daily newspapers in the country. What can you say about that?
We never published any official announcement in which we stated that the Curva Nord is going to be closed. In the past, we have published announcements, but the newspapers never dealt with that. At the meeting we held, it was decided that we will go back to our roots, and that supporting will be more spontaneous and left to individuals, but we never, at any moment thought of closing. It’s proven that when it comes to a minimal incident with the police, the same people always get hurt, and those people are the ones that are leading our Curva.
> So, what you’re saying is that Curva Nord is not closing?
There were 500 people at the meeting. It’s possible that someone differently interpreted our decision and thought that we are going to stop going to Atalanta matches. We are not an ad.hoc organization so we’d just give up our stands. We have years and years of struggle for our rights behind us, we’ve managed to get through all kinds of problems, but from time to time they left us to solve them alone, and we were in good terms with everyone. During the last three years we were held responsible for every trifle in relation to Atalanta. We cannot go on like this, we are always in center of attention. It’s not OK that the police harasses us because someone who wore Atalanta scarf did something stupid that can’t really be connected with us.
In relation to the club, in what terms are you with the management?
We would like to see management meet our requirements in certain things like Pozzo in Udineze does. We can’t do everything alone. They’re talking about Atalanta, but their only thinking about their own pockets. Only people with lot of money go to the stadium, tickets are too expensive. People need to wake up and to go to streets, because this crosses every line.
Tell me one positive and one negative thing that you would erase from these ten and more years that you spent on the north?
There were numerous positive things, but one of the most beautiful was when there were 900 of us in Siena and when we already knew that we’re falling to the Seria B. We rooted like we are running for Uefa Cup, it was unbelievable. Everyone envied us for that, because they felt the kind of connectedness and loyalty we have in relation to our colors. Also, the applause for Roma and Cassano score which pushed us into the league 2 was a very emotional moment, that’s when the president Ruggeri should’ve realized what’s hiding behind the name Atalanta. What is all of that that only we have.
Did you get support from Brescia fans?
4 years ago they dedicated a slogan to me “: “Nemico leale, Boci non mollare!” (Boci resist it, our loyal enemy!) It was for similar kind of punishment. Those are all things that are really dear to me, and they will remain in my memory, because they mean that all of that I did was worthwhile. I’ve also made mistakes, I’m not saying I haven’t, but he who’s without sin, let him throw the first stone.
That means you want visibility for the positive things that are related to supporting.
We only want the loyalty to exist, among reporters and all of the critics. We always went to courts, we were always here when we were invited and we took the responsibility for our own actions…always! There are people who are writing about us, who are condemning us, but they are hiding and cannot say what they think of us to our face. We are only speaking from our hearts, we don’t have some kind of secret agendas, we are not making even one Euro, because we were never interested in that. The one who makes the mess, knows he’s going to pay for it. There were 500 guys at the meeting on Tuesday, and no one wanted for us to close, but also, no one can take the responsibility for all of this anymore. The stands are the most important, but who really owns them now?
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