Italian Police Wary of Violence As Eintracht Frankfurt Fans Arrive for Champions League Game Against Napoli

Italian Police Wary of Violence As Eintracht Frankfurt Fans Arrive for Champions League Game Against Napoli

Byron Pillay
March 15, 2023 at 7:04 PM
  • Italian police are afraid Eintracht Frankfurt supporters will target the Diego Armando Maradona mural
  • Napoli currently lead the Germans 2-0 after the first-leg fixture of their UEFA Champions League tie
  • Frankfurt fans have been banned from attending the game in Italy but they've still made the trip for the game

Police are on high alert in Naples, Italy ahead of the UEFA Champions League game between Napoli and Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Italian side have taken a 2-0 lead over the German team heading into the second leg fixture, but the real action is expected to take place outside of the stadium.

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Police escorted Eintracht Frankfurt fans through the city over fears they would assault the Diego Maradona mural before their team's game. Image: Oliver Weiken/ Tullio Puglia/ Alex Grimm.
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As noted by Football Italia, Italian police have blocked fans of the German team from marching towards the stadium.

Frankfurt supporters have already been banned from buying tickets for tonight's game, but that hasn't stopped them from coming in numbers into the country. The fans have been prohibited from attending the game due to safety reasons.

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Police officers have also stationed themselves at the Diego Armando Maradona mural in the city centre because they are afraid Frankfurt Ultras could target the painting.

Napoli's captain, Giovanni Di Lorenzo also appealed to supporters of his side not to clash with the Frankfurt fans, Football Italia also noted.

“We must all live a nice day without incidents and fights with those arriving in town. Not only at the stadium, but also in the streets, in squares, everywhere in our marvellous city. As the captain, I ask you not to respond to provocations."

Frankfurt's supporters are no strangers to getting into trouble and the club has been punished for their actions before. Supporters have been accused of racism previously and also of instigating violence against other fans.

Frankfurt fans face ban

Eintracht Frankfurt could find themselves in hot water following the actions of the fans, Sports Brief also reported.

The German side picked up a historic first-ever Champions League victory when they beat Marseille in France.

However, the victory was marred by riots between sets of fans which started with lighting and throwing of fireworks.

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