Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

'New York Post' slammed for publishing ISIS execution images

Read more

DEBATE

Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza: Back to Square One?

Read more

DEBATE

Israel-Gaza conflict: 72-hour ceasefire deal sets stage for Cairo talks

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

FOCUS

Spain's El Hierro to become world's first self-powered island

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

A bellwether for what not to do

Read more

ENCORE!

Luc Besson back in action with Scarlett Johansson in 'Lucy'

Read more

FOCUS

Israel's minorities and military service

Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Netanyahu compares Hamas to IS, Gaza offensive to continue

    Read more

  • France’s ex-PM Juppé sets up presidential clash with Sarkozy

    Read more

  • France’s Hollande says global security ‘worst since 2001’

    Read more

  • France urges Iran, others in region, to join fight against IS

    Read more

  • A new view on Normandy landings, 70 years on

    Read more

  • Video: Dozens arrested despite smaller protests in Ferguson

    Read more

  • Dozens killed as landslides strike Japan’s Hiroshima

    Read more

  • Suspected Ebola cases in Austria, new drug raises hopes

    Read more

  • WWII anniversary highlights best - and worst - of Paris police

    Read more

  • Headscarf at the beach sparks French MEP’s fury

    Read more

  • Video: Life in under-siege Donetsk

    Read more

  • Racism, riots and police violence: USA under scrutiny

    Read more

Sport

Several Liverpool fans attacked in Naples

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-10-21

At least four Liverpool fans including a father and his two sons were attacked in Naples ahead of a Europa League clash between Liverpool and Napoli.

AFP - At least four Liverpool fans including a father and his two sons were attacked in Naples ahead of a match on Thursday by a group of locals wielding metals bars and a knuckleduster, police said.

The attack happened in the early hours after the four came out of a bar on Principe Umberto square in central Naples, ahead of the Europa League clash between Liverpool and Napoli scheduled for later on Thursday at 1700GMT.

Police said they had arrested three of the attackers -- aged 25, 30 and 48.

"The injuries were aggravated by the use of three metals bars with screws, a wooden pole with nails and a metal knuckleduster," a police statement said.

Two of the victims, the 50-year-old father and a friend of his two sons, were hospitalised and later released. The father, who refused treatment, had injuries to his left temple and the other man was hit in the back, police said.

"It happened at around four in the morning near a bar on Principe Umberto square where the four English men... had been drinking," the statement said.

"They were walking towards the hotel from the bar when they realised they were being followed by a group of people armed with sticks," it added.

"They decided to run towards the hotel but did not make it.... That is when the real attack started, with metal bars and wooden poles.

"The four victims... tried to seek refuge inside the hotel but were blocked when they found a second entrance door locked. The screams and the unusual night time clash immediately alerted police patrols in the area."

Media reports said there have been other clashes ahead of the match.

A 28-year-old Italian was reportedly injured trying to protect some Liverpool fans, clients in his bar, from another attack.

Two Liverpool fans taken to hospital following one attack were named as 44-year-old Ian Friar, a prison guard, and 53-year-old Alexander Phillips.

Friar suffered a head injury but has already been discharged from the Loreto Mare hospital, while Phillips was stabbed in the thigh and still needs treatment, according to reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport.

In a separate attack 27-year-old Luke Watson was taken to hospital with stab wounds to his head and thigh after being attack by a group of youths with knives, according to La Stampa.

Police have opened an inquiry into the incidents but tensions are high in the city.

A sell-out crowd of 60,000 people is expected for the game.
 

Date created : 2010-10-21

  • FOOTBALL

    Red Sox owners wrap up acrimonious Liverpool takeover

    Read more

  • FOOTBALL

    Liverpool owners drop restraining order

    Read more

COMMENT(S)