Free entry to Italian MP's at sports events to end
ROME (AP) -Italian politicians may have to reach into their pocket and pay for tickets if they want to continue attending sports events in the country.
The Italian Olympic Committee has announced the end of free all-access cards for parliamentarians, and the move has gained widespread support.
Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon compared the move to the humble approach of the new pope, Francis, who went to pay his hotel bill the morning after being elected last week.
Buffon says "it helps every now and then when there are signs of discontinuity. It means that every now and then you can stop and think.''
For decades, VIP seats at Italian football matches have been stocked with politicians, who often bring their families along, with drivers waiting outside the stadium at taxpayers' expense.