Serie A attendances fall

It has been confirmed that attendance figures for matches in Italy's Serie A have once again fallen due to differing factors on and off the pitch.

With an average of 21,833 fans taking in fixtures during the first half of the current Serie A campaign, a drop of 1.7 percent has been recorded according to year on year figures.

Only AC Milan and Juventus buck the trend with crowd numbers increasing in the nation's top flight. The figures, which were published by Il Messaggero, are the lowest in the past five campaigns with some of Italy's biggest clubs leading the downward trend.

Napoli's average gate fell 22.3 percent although this may be due to the sale of Gonzalo Higuain to Juventus ahead of 2016/17.

Meanwhile, crowd figures at Roma's Stadio Olimpico dropped 17.8 percent with Giallorossi fans seemingly continuing to protest against the controversial division of the Curva Sud for security reasons.

A new record low attendance was set by Crotone, who had just 510 fans at their game against Palermo, although that fixture was played in Pescara while work continued on club's Stadio Ezio Scida to bring it up to Serie A standards.