Violence erupted on the streets of Italy ahead of a UEFA Champions League match between Napoli and Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.
Police in Naples were on high alert when more than 600 fans arrived from Frankfurt, Germany, despite the city waiving their ticket allocation for the round of 16 game in protest. According to The Associated Press, the numbers have been boosted by Atalanta ultras, who have a history-making rivalry with Napoli.
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The German club appealed a decision by the Napoli authorities banning all Frankfurt-based fans from buying tickets after riots broke out between fans during the first leg of the Champions League in Germany.
Things came to a head on Wednesday when car windows were shattered and fans hurled torches, chairs and other objects as innocent bystanders took shelter in bars and restaurants.
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Police were in riot gear trying to quell the situation when several vehicles burst into flames.
“I watch what has happened on our streets. An unacceptable climate of guerrilla warfare,” tweeted the Mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi. “My gratitude goes to the police forces who have acted to ensure the safety of the citizens. I appeal to the Neapolitans, be responsible.”
Italian media reported at least 200 arrests.
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The game would go on and Napoli would win 3-0.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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