Spezia-Napoli: racist insults, fan violence which saw four injuries

by | May 23, 2022 15:44

Racist insults and physical violence among the shocking incidents which marred the clash between Spezia and Napoli, according to reports in Italy.

The match at Stadio Picco was stopped for 12 minutes midway through the first half due to disturbances behind the goal Napoli were defending as fans from the two clubs clashed.

FIGC president Gabriele Gravina said of the incidents: “What happened at Spezia is unacceptable, there are no words. Football cannot be held hostage by those who are violent and uncivil: the response from the authorities needs to be strong and coordinated, I hope those responsible are identified as soon as possible.”

Corriere dello Sport have detailed the specifics which have brought shame to Serie A.

The report claims that before kick off, police were forced to bring order as Napoli fans clashed with Spezi supporters outside the stadium.

Then, shortly after Matteo Politano had opened the scoring for the visitors on four minutes, fans launched bottles and flares at each other, while Napoli supporters attempted to climb the barriers in order to engage in physical altercations.

Meanwhile, Spezia supporters on the other side of the ground tried to cross the pitch in an attempt to help their fellow fans battle Napoli counterparts which forced referee Matteo Marchetti to stop the match.

The bad atmosphere continued with racist and discriminatory insults hurled at Napoli supporters by Spezia fans.

After the match, a group of Spezia fans blocked a bus bound for Naples from leaving, using iron bars and belts before the intervention of police.

There have been four reported injuries so far – the most serious of which risks losing some fingers.

The two sides risk starting next season with their opening matches being played either in a neutral stadium or behind closed doors.

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