Italian authorities reported the arrest of 11 German football fans in Naples following a series of violent confrontations on the night before the Champions League match between Napoli and Union Berlin.
About 300 German ultras, concealing their identities with red bandanas, went on a rampage in the historic center of the southern Italian city, causing extensive damage to parked cars, street fixtures, a local store, and even attacking police officers with various weapons and firecrackers.
Ten of the arrested individuals were involved in the clashes and were affiliated with the most extremist ultras group among the visiting team’s fans, along with supporters of Borussia Moenchengladbach, a historical rival of Napoli twinned with Union Berlin. Additionally, an 11th German fan was apprehended separately in Naples, accused of committing violence against a public official.
The Champions League match was scheduled for Wednesday at 6:45 pm at the Maradona Stadium in Naples. It’s worth noting that Naples had previously experienced disturbances before and after a Champions League match against Eintracht Frankfurt during the previous season. In that incident, eight fans were arrested, and six police officers were injured due to attacks involving smoke bombs, flares, chairs, bottles, and metal poles.
Furthermore, Napoli fans fired fireworks at the visiting Eintracht supporters. Violence also marred a recent Champions League match in Milan, where a Paris Saint-Germain fan was stabbed, and another received a two-year stadium ban for possessing a box cutter when entering the San Siro stadium.
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