Eight Arrested After Champions League Violence In Naples


Three German football fans and five locals were arrested following clashes with police in Naples before and after Napoli’s Champions League win over Eintracht Frankfurt, a local official said Thursday.

Six police officers were injured in the violence on Wednesday evening, according to Alessandro Giuliano, who is responsible for public safety in Naples.

Police were in the process of identifying 470 German fans who stayed in the city, and were scouring images to establish those responsible for the disorder, he told a press conference.

Dozens of supporters of Atalanta also joined forces with supporters of the German side, with whom they are twinned.

The first clashes occurred on Wednesday afternoon in Naples’ historic centre, and continued after the match, an easy 3-0 win for Napoli which took them through to the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time.

Smoke bombs and flares, chairs, bottles and metal poles were thrown at police, who responded with tear gas. Later, Napoli fans were filmed by Italian media throwing objects at buses carrying Eintracht fans.

Naples mayor Gaetano Manfredi condemned the “unacceptable” violence, while opposition politicians have questioned the government’s handling of the situation, notably by Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi.

Napoli player Juan Jesus said the disorder was “bad for the city, and bad for soccer”.

Eintracht Frankfurt board member Philipp Reschke also expressed his dismay.

“We deeply regret the events that have taken place here. There is absolutely nothing to justify this violence… it is unacceptable,” Reschke said on Thursday before the team boarded a flight back to Frankfurt.

“It harms football, it harms Eintracht Frankfurt and it harms our efforts to stick up for fans who want to watch a game without restrictions in the stadium.”

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