Tension, clashes, the irruption of the police… The King Power Stadium in Leicester was the scene of scenes of violence during the match of the first day of the Europa League between the English and the Italians in Naples, concluded on a parity score (2-2) this Thursday.
Confusion reigned on the lawn where the Foxes who led largely shortly after the hour mark thanks to two goals from Ayoze Perez (9th) and Harvey Barnes (64th) were joined by conceding a double from Victor Osimhen (69th, 87th).
The very end of the match was marked by the expulsion of Wilfred Ndidi (90th + 3).
But it is especially in the gallery that things have degenerated.
After the final whistle, the Italian and English supporters threw projectiles, plastic bottles in particular, forcing the police to come and stand in a circle around the parking lot of visitors.
Some ultras from Naples even tried to jump over the barrier, clashing violently with the police.
Some of them used their belts as a weapon.
Leicester (left) vs Napoli (right) pic.twitter.com/SJIaWXqkii
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The Leicester club had to urge the public to exit as quickly as possible at the end of the match to allow the police to contain the Italian fans and eventually restore calm. The scenes of violence and clashes had already started earlier in the day. Social networks had relayed fights between supporters of the two camps in the middle of the street. At the end of the meeting, the Leicester club activated a device inviting fans to leave the King Power Stadium as quickly as possible in order to allow the police to contain the Italian supporters and restore calm. A very bad publicity for this first day of the Europa League.