Italian police said they had arrested 11 German soccer supporters in Naples after violent clashes on the eve of Wednesday’s Champions League match between Napoli and Union Berlin. Around 300 German ultras wearing red bandanas over their faces rampaged through the historic center of the southern Italian city on Tuesday night, police said in a statement. They damaged parked cars and street furniture, destroyed a local shop and attacked police officers with cobblestones, clubs, metal and wooden poles and fireworks, it said.
Ten were arrested during the clashes and belonged to “the most extremist ultras group of the visiting team’s fans, as well as fans of Borussia Moenchengladbach”, a historic rival of Napoli, which is twinned with Union Berlin, police said.
An 11th German fan was arrested in a separate incident in Naples, accused of violence against a public official.
Wednesday’s game starts at 18.45 (1745 GMT) at the Maradona Stadium in Naples.
Napoli was also the scene of serious disorder before and after last season’s Champions League round of 16 clash with Eintracht Frankfurt, whose hardcore fans traveled to Italy despite a ticketing controversy that saw the German club not take up their away allocation.
Eight fans were arrested following clashes around Napoli, with six police officers injured after being attacked with smoke bombs, flares, chairs, bottles and metal rods, while Napoli fans shot fireworks at the hundreds of Eintracht supporters who made the trip.
The Champions League match at AC Milan this week was also marred by violence, with a Paris Sant-Germain fan stabbed on the eve of Tuesday’s game, which the home side won 2-1.
Another PSG fan was also given a two-year stadium ban by local officials after being found in possession of a 22cm box cutter as he entered the San Siro stadium for the match.
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