The head of the Naples police division has condemned a bunch of Napoli ultras who attacked Manchester City followers in a pizzeria on Tuesday night time.
Three folks — together with the proprietor of the pizzeria, who had tried to defend the English followers — had been injured within the badault.
“There was a serious incident last night, a result of violence by a criminal group who attacked and injured also a Neapolitan, fracturing his nose,” Naples police chief Antonio De Iesu instructed Radio CRC. “At round 22:00, three City followers had been attacked by a bunch of people that we are attempting to establish.
“The City followers sought refuge inside a pizzeria, the place this aggressive badault happened, and which additionally noticed one of many waiters — a Neapolitan employee — sufferer of a very violent badault, and these acts taint the status of Napoli followers, significantly as a result of there was no motivation behind it.
“It’s absurd to imagine such an aggressive act and we will do all we possibly can to identify the attackers because this incident cannot remain unpunished.”
Chelsea followers had been topic to an identical badault in a pub in Rome on Monday night time, forward of their group’s Champions League defeat in opposition to Roma.
Meanwhile, after it had been reported within the English media that City followers had been instructed they may not put on belts within the Stadio San Paolo, Iesu mentioned that these weren’t measures aimed particularly at English followers however somewhat normal guidelines that apply in all Italian stadia.
Only mbadive and harmful belt buckles aren’t permitted, and Iesu mentioned: “City fans are not going to have their trousers falling down.”
He added: “These checks at the entrance to the stadium are there to ensure that material which could be used to attack people are not permitted, and we do this for every club, but I’m not aware of anything specific about belts.”
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