Dozen arrested after Leicester and Napoli fans clash in Europa League game


Leicestershire Police made 12 arrests on Thursday night following a crowd disorder at the King Power Stadium during Leicester City’s Europa League game against Napoli.

Leicester’s 2-2 draw with the Serie A side ended amid scenes of disorder in the crowd, with fans throwing plastic bottles at each other.

Skirmishes then broke out as police tried to separate rival supporters. A call on the loudspeaker system called on fans to “respect your club” by “stepping away from the segregation line”.

Napoli supporters have been held up at the King Power Stadium following the unrest.

UEFA said it would await the referee’s report before deciding whether to open an investigation, although Athleticism understands that charges against both teams are likely.

Leicester officials are studying video footage to identify offenders, who could face stadium bans.

The disorder at King Power Stadium came after Leicestershire Police made nine arrests earlier in the evening following a report of football-related violence before the match.

Police said in a statement on Friday they had received a report of a fight taking place at Millstone Lane, near Leicester ground, involving fans of both teams.

Eight Napoli fans were arrested at the scene. A 27-year-old man from Leicester was later arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

Meanwhile, two men were arrested ahead of the match on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences.

Napoli’s Victor Osimhen scored twice in the second half to secure a point for the Serie A side, after Ayoze Perez and Harvey Barnes gave Leicester a 2-0 lead.

(Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP via Getty Images)


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