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Napoli punished for fan violence

SoccerNews in Serie A 8 Sep 2008

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Serie A side Napoli have been fined 10,000 euros (14,200 dollars) and ordered to close two parts of their stands for four league games after violent scenes during a match against AS Roma last month.

Parts of the A and B stands which are normally occupied by the club's notorious 'ultras' supporters, who threw objects including bottles, money and fireworks at stewarts and Roman supporters, will be closed.

The games effected will be against Fiorentina and Palermo on September 14 and 24, and Juventus and Reggina on October 19 and 29.

Italy's interior ministry have alread banned Napoli fans from travelling to away matches all season after violence flared on the opening day of the season during the encounter with Roma.

A train was vandalised as an estimated 1,000 fans, mostly without tickets, boarded a train at Naples bound for Rome where the match was being played.

During the journey fans broke windows and destroyed toilets and seats, causing damage estimated at 500,000 euros.

Four railroad workers and a ticket collector were injured as well as several police officers in Rome.

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