Coppa Italia final on 26 May

The Coppa Italia final between AS Roma and Lazio will go ahead as planned on Sunday 26 May, however the match will kick off at 18.00, three hours earlier than previously scheduled.

The announcement was made by Giovanni Malagò, the president of the Italian Olympic Committee, after extended talks with the two clubs, the Lega Serie A, television companies, police and the city's prefect Giuseppe Pecoraro.

The kick-off time was brought forward following the violence that erupted outside the Stadio Olimpico before the Rome-Lazio derby on 8 April. There were clashes between "ultrà" fans of the rival teams and riot police, resulting in a number of stabbings and arrests.

Arriving at the compromise timetable was complicated by the fact that Rome residents will be voting that day in the local municipal elections, in which incumbent mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno faces three other candidates seeking election as mayor.

The race to the Campidoglio will see the centre-right candidate Alemanno up against centre-left Ignazio Marino; the lawyer Marcello De Vito from the Movimento 5 Stelle; and the entrepreneur and developer Alfio Marchini, an independent candidate.

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