The Roma star explained why he is against the new ‘fan passport’ that will be obligatory for supporters travelling to away games from next season.
“I don’t like this kind of profiling before people have done anything wrong. Also, considering some recent events, we would also need to introduce a passport for the police.
“I don’t think it’s the solution to the problem. Of course, if an ultra goes around with a knife and stabs someone, then he’s not right in the head. But at the same time we cannot condone a policeman who kicks a lad for no reason.”
However, after FIGC condemned De Rossi's comments, the Italy midfielder backtracked.
He said: “I realise that I used an unfortunate expression and apologise. It is always wrong to generalise.
“I did not want to doubt the role of the police force and have great respect for the efforts of many officers who every Sunday work to guarantee safety in football.”