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Naples was the scene of violence and chaos on Wednesday evening as police were hit by missiles and fires were started by travelling Eintracht Frankfurt supporters before their Champions League tie. The visitors are 2-0 down from the first leg but ensured a hostile environment would take place as they look to rescue their European hopes.
Italian reports claimed that cars were set on fire and firecrackers were thrown by the Germans as it was claimed that the city “was turned into a battlefield” while BBC Match of the Day host Gary Lineker described the scenes as “awful” on social media.
Earlier in the day 800 police officers were deployed as Napoli fans threw flares at buses that were carrying Frankfurt supporters and there are fears that the two sets of followers could clash further at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.
Local authorities had initially banned anyone from Germany from buying a ticket for the clash, owing to security fears. However, a legal appeal eventually allowed those born or a resident of Frankfurt to purchase Champions League tickets and attend the game.
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Arrests and injuries were reported at the first leg as a result of violent altercations between the two sets of fans, while Napoli recently faced rivals Atalanta in an almost empty stadium due to additional security concerns.
Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has suggested that Atalanta ultras have joined forces with Frankfurt fans to set the city of Naples on fire, as 300 “hooligans” are clashing with riot shielded police.
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Napoli captain Giovanni Di Lorenzo released a video before the second leg urging supporters not to engage in any violent behaviour. He said: “We are having an exceptional season and tomorrow we can make Napoli history if we manage to reach the quarter-finals for the first time.
“We must all try to have a good day without disorder or quarrels with whoever arrives in the city. Not only at the stadium but in the streets, in the squares, everywhere.
“As your captain, I ask you not to fall into provocations. Let’s try to make tomorrow a day of celebration. We do not accept any provocation. Everyone in the stadium with serenity and joy.”
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