Frankfurt fans are BANNED from Champions League clash with Napoli

Travelling Eintracht Frankfurt fans are BANNED from Champions League last-16 clash with Napoli after three Partenopei fans were left injured in an attack ahead of the first leg which saw nine Die Adler supporters arrested

  • Nine Eintracht Frankfurt supporters were arrested for attacks before the first leg
  • The German club was fined after issues with fans in Marseille earlier this season 
  • Napoli lead 2-0 in their tie but how does the last-16 stand ahead of second legs 

Eintracht Frankfurt supporters will not be able to buy tickets for their side’s upcoming Champions League last 16 clash with Napoli. 

The Italian Interior Ministry have forbidden Napoli from making tickets available for travelling supporters of the Bundesliga side ahead of next week’s European encounter. 

The first leg, which Napoli won 2-0 in Germany, saw violent altercations between both sets of fans, which saw numerous arrests and three Partenopei fans left injured. 

According to Bild, the clash – played on February 21 – resulted in nine Eintracht Frankfurt fans being arrested after an attack on the Italian fans at a bar on Schweizer Strasse ahead of the game. 

Eintracht Frankfurt released a statement informing that the ban would apply to some 2,700 tickets that had been allocated for travelling supporters that UEFA rules allow them.

Eintracht Frankfurt fans have been banned from attending next Wednesday’s Champions League clash

Eintracht Frankfurt fans were arrested after an attack on the Italian fans at a bar on Schweizer Strasse 

The statement read: ‘Eintracht Frankfurt was informed late last night by UEFA that the Italian Ministry of the Interior is this morning going to issue an injunction against SSC Napoli, whereby the club is prohibited from selling tickets to Eintracht Frankfurt supporters for the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg on Wednesday 15 March.

‘This would also include the total away allocation of 2,700 tickets, of which 2,400 are in the away section, which Eintracht Frankfurt is entitled to under UEFA regulations.

‘As soon as the specific details of the injunction are available, Eintracht Frankfurt will comment further on this development.’

Eintracht are also partnered with Atalanta – who share a fierce rivalry with the Serie A leaders, which reportedly was of concern to authorities ahead of the first leg clash. 

Local authorities had previously expressed concerns at the Serie A leaders’ European meeting with Ajax back in October, when the Dutch giants travelled to the Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. 

Napoli lead the tie and now have a 2-0 advantage to defend on their own turf, thanks to goals from Victor Osimhen and Giovanni Di Lorenzo, with one foot already in the quarter-finals. 

Goals from Victor Osimhen and Giovani Di Lorenzo handed Napoli a 2-0 lead in the first leg

It is not the first time that Die Adler fans have proven to be of concern, with the club being fined following issues in Marseille in a group stage clash back in September. 

It was a hostile atmosphere at Stade Velodrome, where riot police intervened before kick-off and late on to quell disorder as opposing fans threw flares and fireworks at each other. 

A large-scale police operation had prevented fan violence before the game, which was classified as very high risk.

Frankfurt put out a statement distancing itself from an alleged Nazi salute by a fan captured on video before the game.

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