Four Manchester City supporters were attacked ahead of their club’s Champions League match against Napoli in Italy, ANSA reports.
The group of fans visiting the city had dined at a restaurant in Via Cesario Console when the exit was blocked and they were approached by a crowd of people throwing objects at them.
They fled the scene and sought shelter in two different restaurants. While this prevented one from suffering injury, his three friends were attacked inside the premises, where a Neapolitan restaurateur, who tried to defend the fans, was also injured.
The Italian suffered a nose fracture in the fracas, while one of the City fans was treated for a shoulder issue, with the two other supporters receiving mild injuries.
Police are investigating the incident but have not made any arrests up to now.
There will be 900 officers and 300 stewards on duty in the 60,000-capacity stadium tonight and fans will be banned from wearing belts for fear they will again be used as weapons. It is a regular safety procedure for Ultras at the San Paolo but has not impressed City fans.
Kevin Parke, the secretary general of Manchester City Supporters Club, told Il Mattino newspaper: “It is a ridiculous decision and absolutely crazy. I know that there were problems with Napoli fans in the first leg, who were using belts as weapons, but why should they now ban them for City fans?
The incident involving the Premier League club’s supporters comes a day after two arrests were made on Monday after Chelsea fans were attacked in Rome.
City is currently top of Champions League Group F, where a draw or a win away at Napoli on Wednesday night will secure their place in the last 16 of the competition.
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