Italy prohibits the presence of German fans in the second leg of the ‘Champions’ round of 16 against Napoli due to the incidents in the first leg
FRANKFURT (GERMANY), 7 March. (dpa/EP) –
Eintracht Frankfurt fans will not be able to enter the Diego Armando Maradona stadium to witness the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Napoli on March 15, the German club reported on Tuesday.
According to the German entity, the Italian Ministry of the Interior will issue a court order against the Serie A leader, who will not be able to sell tickets to Eintracht Frankfurt fans. The ban will also affect the official quota of 2,700 tickets in total, 2,400 of them in the guest sector, to which the club would be entitled according to UEFA regulations.
“It is an unprecedented and unique event in European football and a sad day. Influencing the competition by arguing the security situation is a distortion of the competition in our eyes,” said Philipp Reschke, a member of the Frankfurt board of directors, who He complained that the club does not have “any trump card” to use.
In the first leg on February 21, in which the Germans lost 2-0, there were physical attacks against Italian fans in Frankfurt and nine people were arrested.
Hours before, it was also known that Freiburg will have to settle for fewer fans than expected in the first leg of the Europa League round of 16, at Juventus in Turin.
The Italian authorities and the club announced that the tickets purchased by Freiburg fans through season tickets with their club will be canceled for Thursday’s game.