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Liverpool Fans Stabbed In Naples Ahead of Napoli Europa League Clash

Travelling Anfield supporters assaulted in Italy.

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Two Liverpool fans have been stabbed in Naples ahead of the Europa League tie in the city.

Liverpool are due to play Napoli at the team’s San Paolo stadium on Thursday evening.

Merseyside Police said a total of six Liverpool fans were assaulted in the Italian city on Wednesday night.

Two men, aged 27 and 52, were taken to hospital with stab wounds. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, a police spokesman said.

He said the force was working with its counterparts in Naples to help with the policing of the game.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “We can confirm the hospitalisation of two British nationals in Naples, Italy on 20 October.”

“We are providing consular assistance.” (BBC Sport)

It is worth noting that as well as Liverpool supporters a family of British tourists mistaken for fans were also set upon in a restaurant in the city in what appear to be a series of running attacks carried out by hooligans masquerading as Napoli supporters.

The game itself was in doubt after a group of youngsters broke into the San Paolo stadium and dug dozens of holes in the turf, however groundsman laboured to resolve that issue. The game itself will be played in a hostile environment and police are expecting trouble before, during and after the match.

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