Napoli won 2-0 in the first leg in Germany and took full advantage before the rematch with Frankfurt at Maradona Stadium. However, it was not quite a happy day for the people of Naples.
In protest at the local government’s ban on any fans coming from Frankfurt from buying tickets for the second leg, as a result of the unrest since the first leg, 600 German fans canceled their online ticket purchases. But these people still proceeded to move to Naples and put the local police on high alert.
The worst happened when two groups of fans, consisting of thousands of people, created a scene of terrible chaos. The extremists threw stones, petrol bombs, flares at the enemy in the center of the city. A lot of cars, torn engines, windows of buildings were burned and completely damaged.
The fully equipped local police had to intervene very strongly to separate the two groups of subjects and bring the away team’s fans safely to the hotel.
Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, said angrily: “These guys are not fans, they are thugs, full of violence. I wonder if these are the same people who caused similar chaos in the country. Germany?”.
In the end, no serious human damage was reported. Napoli’s 3-0 victory also made the home crowd gloating and no longer continued violent acts after the match.
Terrible chaos in Naples