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Fiorentina are moving into the future by removing stadium ‘cages’ and building a new state of the art stadium complex.

Patrons Diego and Andrea Della Valle had threatened to quit the club if their proposals to build a ‘Cittadella Viola’ did not get the go-ahead from the local council, but it seems on Thursday those plans could be approved.

Mayor Renzi is set to give the all-clear for work to begin in the Castello area towards the north of the city, close to the airport.

The 300m Euro project includes a new stadium inspired by the Allianz Arena in Munich, hotels, parking lots, a theme park dedicated to football and a museum of modern art.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are already making changes inside the Stadio Franchi for tomorrow night’s match with Sampdoria.

They will remove the metal nets known as the ‘cage’ separating the away fans from the pitch. These are common in every Italian stadium and cause visibility problems, but were considered a necessary safety feature.

The final objective is to have a Premiership-style arena with no barriers between the crowd and the field.

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