Masked Napoli ultras taunt Liverpool fans in city centre ahead of UCL clash

Napoli fans wore masks and appeared to be holding and taunted Liverpool supporters ahead of their Champions League clash at Anfield.

Multiple videos surfaced online of the visiting Italians in Liverpool city centre today (November 1), many of whom were wearing white masks to hide their identity. Some confronted members of the public while holding flags which they later waved as they paraded around.

Police escorted them to buses which took them to the ground before kick-off. It appeared they arrived without any incidents of violence occurring.

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Their masks had Reds all making the same joke online. One tweeted: "Halloween was yesterday fellas." A second echoed: "What’s with the masks. They not realise Halloween was yesterday?"

A third also posted: "Why are they wearing masks the weirdos, Halloween was yesterday." One joked: "They’d fit on one bus!"

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Another suggested: "Take them via Blackpool, so they miss most of the game!" And one teased: "Mad those Napoli fans. Six of them ready to fight with Pauline who's just bought a new duvet in St John's Market…"

Anti-Napoli graffiti had been sprayed outside of Anfield on Monday in anticipation of their arrival. The words "Run Napoli Run", "Napoli Rats" and "Napoli not welcome here – we are waiting" were sprayed opposite the entrance to the Kop.

There's been trouble between the two sets of supporters in recent years. Two Liverpool fans were assaulted in Naples in September 2019.

The Merseyside club warned their fans to stay in their hotel rooms and avoid the city centre before the reverse fixtures earlier this season, saying in a club statement: "If you chose to visit, please beware that you may be targeted for theft, robbery, or assault."

There was hostility after kick-off tonight, with chants of "f*** you Liverpool" being heard from the away end, as per Liverpool Echo journalist Ian Doyle.


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