On Wednesday, October 3, Napoli hosts Merseyside in MatchDay 2 of Champions League group stage
There was a fight between club fans from both sides ahead of the game
Police had identified 28 men of various fan groups
According to Football Italia, several Liverpool fans were attacked in Naples in a day before the match. In the report, local police identified it as “unmotivated” fight, but the incident has not yet been investigated.
— Official SSC Napoli (@sscnapoli) October 3, 2018
The groups of young, hard-line Napoli fans have been traversing the city in pairs and on scooters looking to fight ‘hooligans’. But despite that, no one suggested the fans attacked last night, were involved in any wrongdoing.
‘The incident last night was completely unprompted and unmotivated,’ chief of police Antonio De Iesu said.
‘These are actions which have nothing to do with football. The men of DIGOS [special operations] have been carefully observing the city, and in fact have identified 28 men of various fan groups.’
This is not the first time an incident like this involving an English team in Naples would be happening. Last year Manchester City fans were also attacked in southern Italy during Champions League matches, so the police were prepared already.
Meanwhile Mahrez, 27, who joined the Premier League champions from Leicester.
The Algerian, who has signed a five-year deal, says he was attracted to the club’s “ambition” and the opportunity to work under manager Pep Guardiola.
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