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Napoli, Union Berlin fans clash in Naples

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On Wednesday, Napoli and Union Berlin fans clashed again near the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium in Naples ahead of the 18:45 kick-off of their Champions League match.

According to a report on ANSA, eleven German fans were arrested in Naples as they clashed with police and rioted in the southern city.

Many Union ultras gathered last night at the Piazza Garibaldi train station. They refused to submit to checks, and around 300 – all dressed similarly and disguised with bandanas – descended on the streets of the Campania capital.

The German ultras damaged parked cars and street furniture, repeatedly attacking police with stones, clubs and firecrackers. A shop in Piazza Dante was briefly the focus of the destruction, leaving it devastated.

Various videos showing the scenes of destruction and violence have spread on social media, showing the scale of the clashes.

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Ten of the fans were arrested in central Naples, where a large group of German supporters smashed up cars and a shop and attacked police with stones, metal bars, clubs and firecrackers.

Police arrested another German fan in the Secondigliano district for causing bodily harm and violence against a public official and resisting arrest.

Naples Police Chief Maurizio Agricola said the German fans had deliberately clashed with police.

“The German ultras aimed to try and clash with the Napoli fans,” Agricola said.

“That would have led to urban warfare, but the preventative work of the police stopped them coming into contact.”